Wolf Release on Isle Royale, Feb, 2019 National Parks of Lake Superior Foundation/YouTube Four gray wolves have been airdropped into Michigan for a very important assignment. The quartet, originally from Canada, has been helicoptered into Isle Royale national park to check island’s moose population, which has exploded in the absence of the canine predator. In the past, the Isle Royale national park was connected to the mainland via an ice bridge for 50 days of the year or more, allowing wolves to come and go more or less as they pleased. Now, thanks in large part to climate change, that ice bridge has become less dependable, effectively leaving any individuals on the island stranded. The result: the park’s wolf population has dwindled. Four gray wolves ( Canis lupus ) have been airdropped into Michigan for a very important assignment. The quartet, originally from Canada, has been helicoptered into Isle Royale national park to check the 2,300-square-kilometer island’s moose population, which has exploded in the absence of the canine predator. But the animals are there on a second mission. Wildlife specialists at the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (OMNRF) hope their introduction will revive the island’s wolf population […]

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