HOUGHTON, Mich. (WLUC) – Isle Royale could be down to its last wolf, but all hope is not yet lost.After several years of research, the National Park Service is close to releasing their final plan for Isle Royale’s wolf population.”Right now the alternative that is going forward as the prefered is the same one that we identified in the plan last year and that is to introduce wolves in a short time period: 20 to 30 wolves over about a three year time period in order to establish a self-sustaining population on the island,” said National Park Service public information officer said Liz Valencia.The decision can’t come soon enough for researchers. The wolf population dwindled down to two in the past years. Scientists have only seen signs of one wolf so far this winter.
Grizzly bears and wolves have coexisted for millennia — but when food is scarce, these two apex predators must fight to survive. Grizzly bears and wolves are both native to North America, sharing similar wilderness habitats across the Northwestern-most states, including Montana, Wyoming, and Washington. Harsh environments often result in food scarcity, where predators are forced to compete […]
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – U.S. wildlife officials have a plan for fostering as many as a dozen captive Mexican gray wolf pups with wild packs in Arizona and New Mexico in 2018.The goal of the proposal unveiled by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is to boost genetic diversity among the endangered species.
The National Park Service is getting closer to announcing its final decision on reintroducing wolves to Isle Royale National Park, and it couldn’t come a minute too soon.Wolf researchers for Michigan Technological University say the island may be down to its very last wolf based on analysis of trail camera data gathered over the summer and through September.”We were able to document only one on a trail camera,” said Michigan Tech researcher Rolf Peterson. “It’s still possible that there are two.”
The US Fish and Wildlife Service is providing the public an opportunity to comment on the document, “Initial Release and Translocation Proposal for 2018.” Responses received will be forwarded to the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish along with our permit application to release wolves onto Gila National Forest Service lands in New Mexico. You may submit written responses by one of the following methods:
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 past two years, a male and female wolf have held on as the last remaining pair of wolves on the more than 200 square-mile island that’s part of a 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.