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Lake Superior Caribou

Travel to Lake Superior's Slate Islands for an up-close-and personal look at caribou in the wild. (Layne Kennedy)


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Isolated for over 100 years without predators, the caribou on the Slate Islands show little fear.

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Notoriously foul Lake Superior storms can whip up at a moment’s notice.

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Over 200 caribou roam the tiny Slates, making it the densest caribou population in the world.

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Visitors to the Slates can expect ample opportunities to cast for abundant lake trout.

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Once the site of extensive logging, the Slate Islands now exist as a Canadian provincial park.

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Caribou can hide undetected like ghosts in the dense northern woods.

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Late summer is an optimal time to visit the Slate Islands, but it could always snow.

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The author enjoys a soak in a leftover tub from one of the many abandoned, dilapidated cabins.

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Scientists don’t know why but the Slate caribou eat leftover campfire ashes.