ISLE ROYALE NATIONAL PARK-- The National Park Service is relocating wolves from Canada to Isle Royale this winter.
Several wolves will be captured in Ontario over the winter months and moved to the isolated park. The animals will join four wolves moved from Minnesota this fall.
NPS officials say it’s part of an effort to restore the predator-prey dynamic to the island ecosystem. They’ll work with officials from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. Only two wolves remained on the island before relocation started.
The process is part of a three- to five-year plan to bring 20 to 30 wolves to Isle Royale. Researchers recommend that number to improve genetics and restore predation as a key part of the ecosystem.