Press Release Mar 16, 2018

Introduction of Wolves is Right Move for Isle Royale

Park Service to bring more wolves to the park to save population.

CHICAGO – Today the National Park Service released its final environmental analysis of options to address the loss of the Isle Royale National Park wolf population, indicating it would introduce 20-30 wolves to the park over a three-year period to ensure a sustainable population.

Isle Royale is a remote island in Lake Superior where scientists have recently confirmed only two wolves remain, which is the lowest population in decades. Inbreeding amongst the animals makes natural recovery in the population unlikely.

Statement by Christine Goepfert, Senior Program Manager, Midwest Region, National Parks Conservation Association:

“National Parks Conservation Association has long advocated for the National Park Service to bring new wolves to this national park, thereby ensuring a sustainable population on the island. Given the recent confirmation of just two wolves remaining, this announcement could not come at a better time.

“Wolves play a critical role as the top predator at Isle Royale, and their dwindling numbers have resulted in a rising moose population, which will devastate native vegetation, ultimately eliminating the food source for the moose.

“The Park Service plan to introduce new wolves is based on an extensive environmental analysis that reflects input from scientific experts across the country. This is a sound approach to help guarantee that this iconic species will not disappear from Isle Royale.”


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