Department of Natural Resources conservation officer Darin Fagerman of Grand Marais recently watched two wolf pups cross a road under the watchful eye of their mother, according to the weekly DNR enforcement division report. The mother wolf crossed first and waited for the pups to cross before they all went off into the woods.
Not an hour later, Fagerman said he observed a small girl cross a busy highway while her mother was busy looking at her smartphone screen on the other side of the road. Luckily, he said, the girl crossed in a crosswalk. Oncoming traffic saw her dart out into the highway. The mother looked up briefly when she heard the vehicles slowing down but then went back to whatever was interesting her on the smartphone screen.
“Sometimes animals are smarter than we are,” Fagerman said.