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Michigan’s Isle Royale wolves: Area probably down to a single wolf

DETROIT — Isle Royale may be down to a lone wolf, as the federal government ponders whether it will replenish the pack on the northern Michigan Island. For the last two years, a male and female wolf have held on as the last remaining pair of wolves on the 893-square-mile island national park in Lake Superior. The pair were spotted in the summer of 2016, on the motion-triggered trail camera of Michigan Technological University wolf researcher Rolf Peterson, and again in Michigan Tech's annual winter survey of the island last January. But the survival story appears to have taken a turn this [...]

By | 2017-12-05T07:46:03+00:00 December 5th, 2017|Isle Royal, Oppose Welfare Ranching, Protect The Wolves|0 Comments

Michigan Wolf management a back-and-forth battle 

In the serve-and-volley process of managing wolves in Michigan and the Western Great Lakes region, the ball is once again in a federal court. Last week, according to the Sportsmen’s Alliance, its lawyers and those of the Michigan DNR, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other agencies and groups presented oral arguments in an appeal of an earlier ruling on Great Lakes wolf management. The December 2014 decision in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., in a suit brought by the Humane Society of the United States, found that until wolves were deemed recovered throughout their entire historic range, virtually the [...]

By | 2016-10-24T15:45:21+00:00 October 24th, 2016|Isle Royal, IUCNCongress, Protect Michigan Wolves|0 Comments

Wolves on Isle Royale ‘most certainly headed for extinction

  Had Federal officials been proactive versus reactive, this Wolf Population could have been maintained. The wolf population on Isle Royale is "most certainly headed for extinction." That's the prognosis from researchers at Michigan Technological University, which put out its annual look at how the wolves (and moose) on the island are doing. Isle Royale is located in Lake Superior, about 15 miles from the very northeast tip of Minnesota, up by Grand Portage. In the 1940s, wolves crossed an ice bridge from mainland Ontario on to the island, establishing their presence there for the first time. But now the [...]

By | 2016-04-20T09:43:07+00:00 April 20th, 2016|Isle Royal|0 Comments

Researchers: Too late to save current Isle Royale wolves 

ROYL0405c3 -- Wolves in Rock Harbor, Isle Royale in 2009. The longest running predator-prey study in the world revealed Tuesday that "the time has passed" to save the nearly extinct wolves on Isle Royale by introducing a process called genetic rescue. Only two wolves remain on the Lake Superior island, said Michigan Technological University scientists Rolf Peterson and John Vucetich in their report, and the idea of introducing new breeding wolves "represents a misunderstanding of the underlying genetic processes," they said in a news release about what has been a 58-year study of the wolves and moose on [...]

By | 2016-04-19T17:44:23+00:00 April 19th, 2016|Isle Royal|0 Comments