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First batch of reinforcement wolves to be released at Isle Royale NP this fall

Six to eight wolves will be trapped in Minnesota and Michigan, then flown to Isle Royale this fall, as part of a grand natural experiment in returning the top predator to the wilderness island in Lake Superior.

Four of the animals will be trapped at the Grand Portage Band of Chippewa reservation in northeast Minnesota and two others will come from Michigan, officials from the National Park Service said Friday as they detailed the first phase of an effort to re-establish wolves as a means to control the rising number of moose on the island. Eventually, they hope to establish a population of 20 to 30 wolves.

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