Greetings from Isle Royale National Park

I read your IRNP/wolf article with great interest. Many years ago with the BSofA, I helped a group of scouts hike the entire length of the park. We didn’t see any wolves, but we saw many moose, including a giant bull (2000+ lbs). He was in the middle of the trail eating berries and paying us no notice. We waited ½ an hour for him to finish and leave before we moved on. It was a sight that I will always treasure. It is a special place to revere and revisit. It also is a special ecosystem at work. It is remote enough to help maintain the delicate balance as you mentioned in your ‘wolf’ article. Hopefully, with your help, it remains that way. Although a part of Michigan, It is a blessing that it can only be reached by the mail boat shuttling the 25 miles from the Canadian shore.

One of the boys that was with us was Jamie Hansen, who I am proud to say became a park ranger as a result of outdoor trips to Canada and New Mexico. If I recall, he was last known to be involved with Yellowstone National Park. We are all very proud of him both then and now.


Isle Royale National Park

This rugged, roadless island is the largest wilderness area in Michigan. See moose, beavers, foxes, snowshoe hares, loons, osprey, bats, and other animals without the interruption of cars and other aspects of modern civilization. Try hiking sections of the popular Greenstone Ridge Trail, the longest and highest ridge on the island and access point for many of the campsites, to experience a cross-section of the park’s untamed habitat.

State(s): Michigan

Established: 1931

“I love them. Visiting them all is on our (w/wife) bucket list. They are very important and unfortunately offer one of the few ways for a youngster to be able to see wild animals, in their native habitat, outside a zoo. ”

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