HOUGHTON, Mich. — Officials say 4 gray wolves from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula had been transported for resettlement in Isle Royale National Park to assist restore the predator species on the Lake Superior island chain, although 1 of them died shortly immediately after arriving.
The National Park Service stated Friday that Isle Royale’s wolf population is now 17. It had fallen to two ahead of the project started in 2018.
Officials strategy to relocate a total of 20-30 wolves from Canada, Michigan and Minnesota to the park more than many years, such as the animals that have currently been taken there. Wolves prey on moose that can harm the island’s vegetation.
Superintendent Phyllis Green says acquiring animals from various areas will avoid the inbreeding that practically wiped out the population.
The newest wolves — two males and two females — had been flown in Sept. 13.
A single female died shortly afterward. A necropsy is planned but Green says the relocation is stressful for wolves.