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Inside the Bangsund cabin -- Peterson/MTU wolf moose study program - Isle Royale National Park, Michigan

A view inside the Bangsund cabin, where the Petersons have stayed for several months each summer for the past 41 years. I'm standing by the front door to shoot this. There's a small bedroom to the left (not shown) that has the one light and the computer.


Rolf and Candy (Carolyn) Peterson have been conducting studies of wolf and moose interaction in conjunction with Michigan Technological University at Isle Royale for more than 40 years, spending thier summers in the Bangsund log cabin that was built starting in 1926. They also raised their sons on the island.


Each spring, about 60 volunteers scour the island to find moose skeletons from the winter. By studying the bones, Rolf Peterson can determine what diseases are in the Isle Royale moose herd. Generally, the wolves only take out the older moose population.


To learn more about thier work, visit

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Taken on August 30, 2011