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Thanks for posting that link.  I hope the wolf population rebounds. Good thing is that there are more females than last year when the doom and groomers figured that the wolves were not going to make it.  Now it seems as if genetics could be the main culprit for the lack of breeding.
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I spoke to one of the lead researchers recently about the wolf status. The fact that the moose population is abundant given the decreased number of wolves and no pups were born last year (that they are aware of) is cause for concern. It will be interesting to see if pups are born this year.

Also, I find it interesting the NPS is taking initial steps to examine the issue of adding or reintroduction of wolves to IR.
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It's too bad that those that think that predators must be managed to prevent wiping out their prey aren't paying more attention to this.

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http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2013....ar22987
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It's nice to know that whoever is going to propose a solution will do so with caution, knowing that human interference could cause the extinction of the wolves rather than  boosting the population.  However, it is interesting to also note that climate change (global warming) is so often cited as the reason for no new wolves finding their way to the island.  However, from what I've read, the ice bridge that everyone talks about was first instrumental in getting wolves to the island in the late 1940s and then one more time in 1997.  I might be missing something, but I can't find a good source that explains any kind of recurring ice bridges that have ceased due to climate change.  It appears to me that some people will blame anything on climate change, even the potential demise of the wolf on Isle Royale.  Regardless of the cause, the fact remains that the wolf population could be at a disastrous point, one that maybe, just maybe, careful human intervention could rectify.  I'm counting on those who know what their doing to find a solution and implement it carefully - bravo for all those who are actively involved in this project - thank you from a nature lover!
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If the ice bridge has been unreliable in past years, it is likely to become even more so in the future. It is quite a distance, the less time there is suitable ice, the less likely wolves will make the trip. Simple math.

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I agree.  Unless the warming trend reverses, it's highly unlikely that an ice bridge will form before the wolves disappear off the island.  The choices are (1) let the wolves fade away, (2) human intervention, or (3) build a bridge!
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