Friday, the National Park Service (NPS) tentatively decided to transport 20-30 gray wolves to Isle Royale in Michigan over the next three years to replenish a population that has nearly died out because of inbreeding and disease.

Currently, the Lake Superior island remains home to just two wolves.

But a strong wolf pack is needed to keep Isle Royale’s growing moose population under control. With a pair left to feast on them, the moose are undergoing a population explosion that could endanger the wilderness area’s fir trees and eventually cause many of the moose to starve.

The NPS will make a final decision in 30 days, after the public has had an opportunity to review a new environmental statement that endorses the restoration plan.


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When Puma chose Selena Gomez instead of Richard Handler for their new campaign…something had to be done. Enormous howls of thanks to Wolf Conservation Center supporter Richard Handler for taking one for the PACK!

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In a “rewilding” movement cheered by some but decried by others, wolves have recolonized portions of their former range in the United States.

Red wolf (Canis rufus)reintroduction was among the first instances of a species, considered extinct in the wild, being re-established from a captive population. In many ways the red wolf program was the pilot program, serving as a model for subsequent canid reintroductions, particularly those of the Mexican gray wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) to the American Southwest and the gray wolf (Canis lupus) to the Yellowstone region.

But what opportunities do we have to expand the rewilding effort?

A new study published Wednesday in Royal Society Open Science is the first to provide a spatially explicit global assessment of future large carnivore rewilding possibilities.

The paper mentions just two specific sites where further wolf reintroductions might work. They suggest it could be possible to put gray wolves in Olympic National Park in Washington and restore critically endangered red wolves into Everglades National Park. These places have space for reproduction and development, prey and humans who may tolerate them.

More: ‘Rewilding’ Missing Carnivores May Help Restore Some Landscapes via The New York Times

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