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MUNISING, Mich. (AP) — The National Park Service official says Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore might require an entrance free for visitors of the tourist destination that stretches along Lake Superior's shoreline in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, according to the National Park Service. The Detriot Free Press reports Friday that the park has always been free of charge. Park spokeswoman Susan Reece notes that the fee could fund some park updates, including beach access, a wheelchair accessible trail and other projects.

ISLE ROYALE NATIONAL PARK (AP)--   Some Michigan lawmakers believe the federal government should open Isle Royale National Park to moose hunters. reports that the House Natural Resources Committee heard testimony last week on a resolution supporting a limited moose hunt on the Lake Superior island. A vote could come at the next meeting.

There could be more than 2,000 moose on Isle Royale. Wolves are the main predator, but the wolf population has been struggling.

Any hunt would be up to the National Park Service. A 2018 report dismissed the idea.

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ISLE ROYALE NATIONAL PARK--   Researchers are releasing summer predation data from Isle Royale National Park. 

National Park Service, State University of New York – College of Environmental Science and Forestry and Michigan Technological University biologists monitored wolves introduced to the island in the fall and winter of 2019. It’s the first time wolf predation has been studied during snow-free periods.

ISLE ROYALE NATIONAL PARK, MI--   Isle Royale National Park’s wolf population is now 17.

Two males and one female were moved from the Upper Peninsula to the park September 13, bringing the number to nine males and eight females. A fourth wolf was moved to Isle Royale, but its collar sent out a mortality signal soon afterward. Officials say the stresses of being captured, tranquilized, and moved affects each wolf differently.

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ISLE ROYALE NATIONAL PARK--   An Upper Peninsula wolf has joined 14 others on Isle Royale National Park.

The 70-pound, three-year-old male was captured on the mainland last week and flown by sea plane to the moose-laden island. It marks the second year of the National Park Service’s efforts to restore predation to Isle Royale after wolf numbers decreased to only two. Since last September 12 other wolves were brought from Ontario, Canada, Minnesota, and a Canadian island.

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.

ISLE ROYALE NATIONAL PARK--   Officials with the National Parks of Lake Superior Foundation have come up with a plan to fund two projects at Isle Royale National Park—whether or not the government is open. 

The relocation of up to six Canadian wolves to the island has been planned since last summer. The project is critical to reestablishing a wolf population at the park, but the partial U.S. government shutdown halted those efforts.

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.

HOUGHTON, MI (AP)--   Officials say a gray wolf captured in Minnesota for relocation to Isle Royale National Park has died. 

The National Park Service plans to move 20-30 wolves from the U.S. and Canadian mainlands to the Lake Superior wilderness park in the next few years to rebuild a once thriving population.

A 4-year-old female and a 5-year-old male were successfully flown there and released this week.

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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.