NPS officially moving forward with introducing new wolves to IRNP

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NPS officially moving forward with introducing new wolves to IRNP

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Re: NPS officially moving forward with introducing new wolves to IRNP

Post by WanderinAngler » Fri Jun 08, 2018 2:02 pm

I'm hoping to make a trip next year. Any idea if some of those wolves will be introduced by next summer?

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Re: NPS officially moving forward with introducing new wolves to IRNP

Post by Ingo » Fri Jun 08, 2018 2:16 pm

Ideally it will be this fall. They say they'll close the park to do the releases, so if it doesn't happen then not sure what it means for next spring/summer. So hopefully wheels will turn quickly and the first will be in the fall.

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Re: NPS officially moving forward with introducing new wolves to IRNP

Post by MikeT » Fri Jun 15, 2018 5:22 pm

Reading "hopefully wheels will turn quickly" when reading about the government doing something, made me laugh out loud :lol: :lol:
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Re: NPS officially moving forward with introducing new wolves to IRNP

Post by Ingo » Fri Jun 15, 2018 6:16 pm

MikeT wrote:
Fri Jun 15, 2018 5:22 pm
Reading "hopefully wheels will turn quickly" when reading about the government doing something, made me laugh out loud :lol: :lol:
I went to the Optimist Club that day :wink: . The more realistic part me is thinking fall 2019.


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Re: NPS officially moving forward with introducing new wolves to IRNP

Post by Midwest Ed » Fri Jun 15, 2018 7:36 pm

Ingo wrote:
Fri Jun 15, 2018 6:16 pm
MikeT wrote:
Fri Jun 15, 2018 5:22 pm
Reading "hopefully wheels will turn quickly" when reading about the government doing something, made me laugh out loud :lol: :lol:
I went to the Optimist Club that day :wink: . The more realistic part me is thinking fall 2019.
The NPS has only approved the decision.

Are we sure there won't be another long study so the NPS can then approve the plan?
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Re: NPS officially moving forward with introducing new wolves to IRNP

Post by MikeT » Fri Jun 15, 2018 7:46 pm

I'm thinking they may have to study how/where to capture them and how/where to introduce them. It might not be in my lifetime :-)
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Re: NPS officially moving forward with introducing new wolves to IRNP

Post by torpified » Sat Jun 16, 2018 6:47 am

I took the Ranger III back to Houghton a week ago today. The natural historical entertainment was provided by a passenger: Rolf Peterson, who issued an update on the wolf reintroduction. He's not an official directly involved in it, but he's a very, very interested observer. This was a week ago, I didn't take notes, and my background knowledge is meager. So I'm not swearing the following is perfectly accurate or up to date (one theme was: this is early days). But what I gathered:

--the introductions are slated for THIS fall. October 2018 was the date given for when they'd start.
--they're aiming to introduce 20-30 wolves all together, from 3 areas with habitats similar to IR: the UP (where the wolves are worrying the locals and their domestic animals), MN, and mainland Ontario. Genetic diversity is one reason for tapping three different seed populations.
--(I don't THINK all the wolves will be introduced simultaneously --- but I'm putting this in parentheses because I can't tell whether this is something RP said or just something I've interpolated myself.)
--there will follow a period of wolves sorting things out, which won't always be pretty. Wolves will hurt and maybe kill other wolves.
--still RP seemed confident that the effort would succeed.
--he also thought the female at present on the island would welcome the presence of viable mates. ("She's getting tired of looking at her father.")

Also noteworthy:
--RP gave a reason Lake Ojibway, above Daisy Farm, has been so popular with moose: its abundance of aquatic plants, which are 30% protein, thus veritable moose power bars. Only the unpredated superabundant moose have eaten all the aquatic plants. (He also reported that the beaver dam holding the lake together had been breached.)
--other impacts on vegetables of fluctuations in the predator prey cycle were discussed, but I'm not interested enough in vegetables to retain their details. I did get the point that it's really a predator-prey-forest cycle the researchers are studying.
--it's REALLY EASY for wolves to kill island-bound caribou, because there just isn't enough space for the caribou to run away in. A sad (for the caribou, and now probably for the wolves) tale was told about another Lake Superior Island (Michipetowkin?) where the Ontario Provincial Gov't established a caribou population they hoped would be safe from predation. Only a land bridge formed something like the next winter, some wolves trotted over, and proceeded to eradicate the caribou. Another feature of this island, which is half the size of IR and sounds like an incredible place, is that it has 3000 beavers (or possibly beaver colonies --- I couldn't keep track of what the relevant quantum of beaver was) on it, which is 10x what Isle Royale has.
--wolves also like beaver. ("They don't run and they're all fat.") Only I gathered that beaver aren't normally a winter food source for wolves.
--so on this island this winter we're going to whether wolves can survive on beaver. . . .
--another Superior Island where Ontario is aiming to establish caribou is . . . (wait for it) . . . Caribou Island! (It must have been a real "who promoted Major Major?" moment when a minor wildlife bureaucrat busted out witht hat suggestion.)

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