ST. PAUL — L. David Mech is the alpha male of the wolf world. That is, if such a thing existed. Mech, 81, of St. Paul, has spent about 60 years researching wolves and is the keynote speaker for the International Wolf Symposium, which starts Thursday and runs through Sunday in Minneapolis. Sixty years is sufficient time to form a theory, study it long enough to disprove it and have a YouTube show do a skit about it, which is what happened with the alpha wolf idea.
The Minnesota Department of Health released a statement Friday saying six children have been afflicted with a rare polio-like illness called acute flaccid myelitis. The cases started showing up in mid-September, all in children under 10. Cases have been reported from the Twin Cities, central and northeastern Minnesota.