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From Rolf Peterson email:


The wolves of Isle Royale National Park  



The National Park Service is interested to receive your input on the pending decision regarding the future management of wolves on Isle Royale.  Please send your input to the following email address:



ISRO_Wildlife@nps.gov (note the “underscore” between ISRO and Wildlife)



The Park Service is considering three options:  (1) do nothing, even if wolves go extinct;  (2) allow wolves to go extinct (if that is what they do), and then introduce a new wolf population; or (3) conserve Isle Royale wolves with an action known as genetic rescue by bringing some wolves to the island to mitigate inbreeding.



While expressing your view, consider providing as much detail on the reasons for your preference, as the Park Service believes the reasons for your view are as important as your view.  If you have any questions on the process or anything relating to providing input, please do not hesitate to ask me.



Thank you for considering the future of this national park!

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Thanks for the information, I sent an email.
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Got in the mail a mailing about proposed changes to ISRO's cultural resources management plan.  If you want to comment or learn more, go to:

This link
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Got in the mail a mailing about proposed changes to ISRO's cultural resources management plan.  If you want to comment or learn more, go to:

This link

They are adding Wolf issue meeting to the above:

Just announced: In conjunction with the upcoming Isle Royale NP Cultural Resource Management Plan meetings, the NPS will have informational meetings about wolf management from 3-5 pm on the same dates in the same cities: Houghton (12th) and Chelsea (14th) in MI, and St. Paul (19th) and Duluth (20th) in MN. The cultural resources meetings are 6-8 pm.

The public meeting schedule is as follows:

Public Meeting 1: Houghton, Michigan
Date: November 12, 2013
Location: Franklin Square Inn, 820 Shelden Avenue
Time: 3-5pm (Presentation at 3:30 followed by open house)

Public Meeting 2: Chelsea, Michigan
Date: November 14, 2013
Location: Chelsea Depot, 125 Jackson Street
Time: 3-5pm (Presentation at 3:30 followed by open house)

Public Meeting 3: St. Paul, Minnesota
Date: November 19, 2013
Location: TBA.
Time: 3-5pm (Presentation at 3:30 followed by open house)

Public Meeting 4: Duluth, Minnesota
Date: November 20, 2013
Location: Environmental Protection Agency Mid-Continent Ecology Division Laboratory, 6201 Congdon Boulevard
Time: 3-5pm (Presentation at 3:30 followed by open house)

Questions on the meetings can be directed to:
Paul Brown: Chief of Natural Resources
Isle Royale National Park
800 East Lakeshore Drive
Houghton, Michigan 49931-1895
906.487.7154
paul_brown@nps.gov
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This is not my stomping ground but when I read the options, is there any reason why number 3 is the way to go?

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Correction

This is not my stomping ground but when I read the options, is there any reason why number 3 is NOT the way to go?


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Some believe that the best course of action is to let Mother Nature take her course even if that means extinction of the wolves on Isle Royale.

We can only assume that humans can do better than Mother Nature.
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In my opinion, the problem with that perspective is that we are not starting at a natural baseline.  We have already messed with the ecosystem so extinction may not be the natural course; it is the man-made course.  So option 3 may be more like, we broke it, now we have to fix it.

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I don't disagree with you, but I might go a bit further and say in that case we should let the population die out and reintroduce new genetic lines.  The problem, as I see it, is humans can make a mess of this much more quickly than they can make it better.  Re-introduction of an extinct species is tricky business.  Maybe the island needs to be wolf-free until Mother Nature can figure out a way to get them back out there - if that's what's supposed to happen.

Whatever decision is made, it'll be based on many factors, most of which I am not even close to being able to understand.  I'm going to leave it in the hands of those who are supposed to know better and hope for the best.
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Article about the first meeting in Houghton.
http://www.mininggazette.com/page....av=5006
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Updated information for the St. Paul meeting:
Public Meeting 3: St. Paul, Minnesota
Date: November 19, 2013
Location: 111 Kellogg Blvd., East, 2nd Floor conference room
Time: 3-5pm (Presentation at 3:30 followed by open house)
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Good background info here:
http://www.nps.gov/isro....ent.htm
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This is not my stomping ground but when I read the options, is there any reason why number 3 is the way to go?

Well I think the presumption is the current gene pool has been damaged through too much inbreeding. All that damage would be eliminated were they to wait for those lines to die out and then introduce fresh, fully healthy genetic lines.

Introducing new wolves while the old lines are still there would perpetuate the damaged genes….
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This is not my stomping ground but when I read the options, is there any reason why number 3 is the way to go?

Well I think the presumption is the current gene pool has been damaged through too much inbreeding. All that damage would be eliminated were they to wait for those lines to die out and then introduce fresh, fully healthy genetic lines.

Introducing new wolves while the old lines are still there would perpetuate the damaged genes….

HSF et all,
I was at the meeting last night. The NPS biologist said the abnormality is carried in the mainland wolves also. I agree with you, though the wolf that came out in '96 across the ice bridge brought some illness with him that has been passed on to the IR population.
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From the NPS website, the St. Paul meetings today are in two different locations:

Wolf Management Meeting is 3-5pm at 111 Kellogg Blvd. E., 2nd floor conference room.
Cultural Resorce Management Plan is 6-8pm at the Minnesota History Center.
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Let nature run its course. We cannot improve on that.

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I was not aware of the abnormalities.  I would have to concur that letting them die out might be a better solution.,

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