2 wolves cross to IR-then go back

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2 wolves cross to IR-then go back

Post by johnhens » Tue Mar 10, 2015 2:50 pm

The 2nd year in a row an ice bridge formed and wolves used it.
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Re: 2 wolves cross to IR-then go back

Post by treeplanter » Tue Mar 10, 2015 4:34 pm

That’s two years in a row an ice bridge formed between the mainland and the Island. A wolf left the island last year, and these two came (and went) this year. Interesting.


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Re: 2 wolves cross to IR-then go back

Post by Midwest Ed » Tue Mar 10, 2015 4:42 pm

treeplanter wrote:....and these two came (and went) this year. Interesting.
No one was there to collect the park fees. :lol:
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Re: 2 wolves cross to IR-then go back

Post by jrwiesz » Tue Mar 10, 2015 4:53 pm

Midwest Ed wrote:
treeplanter wrote:....and these two came (and went) this year. Interesting.
No one was there to collect the park fees. :lol:
They did it online! :shock:
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Re: 2 wolves cross to IR-then go back

Post by tree rattt » Tue Mar 10, 2015 9:31 pm

It sounds to me like IR is an equal oppertunity tourist destination. Shame they didn't stay :(

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Re: 2 wolves cross to IR-then go back

Post by Lucky Chicken » Wed Mar 11, 2015 6:10 am

the supprising part is they stayed that long... west pack used to be big enough that their scent marking could have scared them off, or the pack itself would have run them off of their teritory. Based on the reports from GP, the moos population is pretty low there it is kind of supprising with the high moose population on the island that they didnt stay... unless they were actually run off. Will be intresting to hear the study's perspective.

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Re: 2 wolves cross to IR-then go back

Post by hooky » Wed Mar 11, 2015 7:26 am

In the glass is half full department, we only know those two came because one was radio collared and the boys of the winter study saw them. What's to say there weren't others that came across the ice bridge and perhaps at least one stayed?

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Re: 2 wolves cross to IR-then go back

Post by treeplanter » Wed Mar 11, 2015 8:59 am

I find it really interesting that wolves have crossed on an ice bridge two years in a row. Kind of like (to paraphrase Field of Dreams), "if you build it, they will use it."

For what it's worth, according to the Canadian ice page website, an ice bridge has been in place for the past few weeks (meaning after the researchers left). Even now, there's a thick ice bridge in place between the Island and the mainland. But it won't last. Historically, the ice pack on the Lake starts to breakup in mid-March.


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Re: 2 wolves cross to IR-then go back

Post by Lucky Chicken » Thu Mar 12, 2015 6:00 am

that broke up in a hurry! Maybe it trapped a couple others on the island!?!?


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Re: 2 wolves cross to IR-then go back

Post by treeplanter » Thu Mar 12, 2015 8:19 am

Yeah, the ice bridge broke up in a hurry. It was there only a few days back. Shows you what a strong March sun, warming temps, and a good wind will do.

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Re: 2 wolves cross to IR-then go back

Post by LarryL » Thu Nov 16, 2017 9:29 am

This article gives a little background to the information in John’s 11/1/2017 post.

Interesting about the wolves that came to IRNP and went back to the mainland.
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Re: 2 wolves cross to IR-then go back

Post by AdieAckerman » Tue Nov 21, 2017 10:48 pm

jrwiesz wrote:
Tue Mar 10, 2015 4:53 pm
Midwest Ed wrote:
treeplanter wrote:....and these two came (and went) this year. Interesting.
No one was there to collect the park fees. :lol:
They did it online! :shock:
Hahaha! :mrgreen:

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Re: 2 wolves cross to IR-then go back

Post by jrwiesz » Wed Nov 22, 2017 7:49 am

It only took two and a half years, but at least somebody “got it”!🤡
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