The short visit dashed hopes that ice formed by bitter weather over the past two winters would encourage more wolves to migrate to the island park and replenish its dwindling wolf population.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is inviting public feedback on an updated plan for managing the state’s gray wolves.
Gray wolves in Michigan are protected by federal law once more.
State officials are inviting the public to comment as they revise a plan for overseeing Michigan’s gray wolf population.
However, the Legislature passed yet another pro-hunting bill this summer that will remain in effect.
A panel will now decide whether to allow continued wolf hunts, instead of leaving the matter up to the voters.
The proposal before the Legislature now is designed to prevent November referendums on two laws that cleared the way for Michigan’s first wolf hunt in decades.
“The wolves are struggling…There’s definitely a chance they might not last much longer.”
A gray wolf that fled Isle Royale National Park across a Lake Superior ice bridge and was found dead on the mainland had been shot with a pellet from an air gun, officials said Friday.
The loss is a blow to an already struggling wolf population at Isle Royale National Park, which has fallen sharply in recent years.