Isle Royale wolves

ISLE ROYALE NATIONAL PARK, MI--   One of the wolves transported to Isle Royale National Park in February has died. 

The National Park Service says in late March it received a mortality signal from a black-coated male trapped in Ontario, Canada. Personnel had to wait until the park reopened for the 2019 season to investigate.

National Park Service

HOUGHTON, MI--   After years of study, public engagement, and planning, the first wolves in a National Park Service (NPS) wolf translocation project to restore predation to the island ecosystem have been moved to Isle Royale National Park from the Grand Portage Indian Reservation.

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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Officials are preparing to relocate six to eight mainland wolves to Isle Royale National Park, a first step toward rebuilding a depleted population of the predators that help keep the Lake Superior island's ecology in balance.
    Superintendent Phyllis Green says federal, state and tribal specialists plan to trap the gray wolves in the U.P. and the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa reservation in Minnesota over the next six weeks.
    The animals will be given a health exam, fitted with tracking collars and flown to the park.

ISLE ROYALE NATIONAL PARK--   The National Park Service has released its final Environmental Impact Statement to address the presence of wolves on Isle Royale National Park.

After more than a year of meetings, public input, and consideration of multiple alternatives the NPS says it prefers Alternative B. The proposal calls for the introduction of 20 to 30 wolves to Isle Royale over a three-year period. Officials say the goal is to provide a number of animals that has the potential to become a self-sustaining population.

HOUGHTON, MI (AP)--   Federal officials are inviting the public to learn more about options for dealing with the declining gray wolf population at Isle Royale National Park. 

The National Park Service has scheduled open houses for Feb. 14 in Duluth and Feb. 15 in Houghton. For those who can't attend, webinars are scheduled for Feb. 16 and Feb. 21.

Wolves have lived at the island park in Lake Superior since the late 1940s. But their numbers have fallen dramatically in recent years and only two remain.

Meetings set to talk about future of Isle Royale wolves

Jul 15, 2015

ISLE ROYALE NATIONAL PARK (AP)--   Federal officials have scheduled four public meetings this month to discuss options for managing Isle Royale National Park's wolves and moose. 

The National Park Service announced Tuesday it's developing a plan for dealing with a sharp drop-off in gray wolf numbers.

Only three remain on the Lake Superior island chain, the lowest total since scientists began observing them in the 1950s. Wolves have helped keep the moose population from getting too big and damaging balsam fir and other trees.