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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.

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ISLE ROYALE NATIONAL PARK--   Officials who relocated seven wolves to Isle Royale National Park are calling the effort a major success.

Six wolves from Canada’s Michipicoten Island and one from the Ontario mainland were captured, checked and moved to the park Friday through Sunday. The Michipicoten wolves were in danger of starvation because they had run out of prey.

Of the seven wolves, three were female. One of them may be pregnant. If she were to give birth this spring, it would be the first pups born on Isle Royale since 2014.

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ISLE ROYALE NATIONAL PARK--   A U.S.-Canadian team has successfully relocated about half a dozen gray wolves to Isle Royale National Park. 

One of two private organizations helping to fund the effort reported Sunday on its Facebook page that the relocation involved six wolves from a second Lake Superior Island in Canadian territory and one from the Ontario mainland.

The National Parks of Lake Superior Foundation said Sunday that the animals were captured, vet checked and transported over the past couple days.

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 at Isle Royale National Park say they've wrapped up the first phase of a multi-year effort to rebuild the gray wolf population.

Three females and one male were trapped on the Minnesota mainland in recent weeks and flown to the Lake Superior park. A fifth wolf died during transit.

Two other wolves were already at the park the last survivors of a population that had nearly disappeared because of inbreeding and other factors.

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.

ISLE ROYALE NATIONAL PARK, MI--   U.S. officials have decided to relocate gray wolves to Isle Royale National Park in Lake Superior, where the predator species that has roamed the remote wilderness for about 70 years is on the brink of disappearing.

The National Park Service announced final approval Thursday of a plan to capture 20 to 30 mainland wolves over three to five years and transport them to the park.

It's hoped they will form packs that will help keep the island's abundant moose in check, preventing them from overeating vegetation and harming the ecosystem.