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.
Wisconsin legislators Sen. Tom Tiffany and Reps. Adam Jarchow, Mary Felzkowski and Romaine Quinn, all Republicans, have proposed legislation (LRB 3737/1) to end the state’s protection of wolves and force police to ignore the killing of wolves — an attempt to force the federal government to remove Great Lakes and Wyoming wolves from Endangered Species Act protection.This action, whether passed or not, signals to wolf haters across Wisconsin that they can poach wolves without penalty.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — After decades of legal challenges and political battles that have pitted states against the federal government, U.S. wildlife managers on Wednesday finally adopted a plan to guide the recovery of a wolf that once roamed parts of the American Southwest and northern Mexico.The plan sets a goal of having an average of 320 Mexican gray wolves in the wild over an eight-year period before the predator can shed its status as an endangered species. In each of the last three years, the population would have to exceed the average to ensure that numbers don’t regress.
A wolf that reportedly showed no fear of humans was captured and euthanized on the outskirts of the city of Superior Oct. 29.The yearling male, which had a black coat, has been seen by Canadian National employees at the Pokegama railroad yard right outside the city limits.They reported that the wolf had come close to workers and was not scared away by a loud train whistle or when they threw rocks at it. Past encounters with wolves in the area, they reported, were brief sightings before a wolf would disappear. But this one had no fear. Such an incident is rare.