Isle Royale National Park resumed its wolf translocation project this month. On Friday, Sept. 6, park staff and others successfully moved a wolf from Michigan’s mainland to the remote island on Lake Superior. A 70 pound male wolf, between two and three years old, was captured in the Upper Peninsula and transported by amphibious aircraft to the island and released. This marks the beginning of the second year of an ongoing effort to establish a population of 20-30 wolves in the isolated island park.
This fall’s efforts continue implementation of the June 2018 decision to restore predation to the ecosystem of Isle Royale National Park. The new Michigan wolf joins 14 other wolves on Isle Royale. A dozen wolves were translocated over the course of last fall and winter, joining two resident wolves on the island. The wolf population at Isle Royale now includes eight males and seven females. Since last September, wolves from Minnesota, from mainland Ontario and Michipicoten Island Provincial Park in Canada, and now Michigan have been brought to Isle Royale.