Isle Royale Wolves
Scientists say only three gray wolves remain on the Lake Superior island chain.
The gray wolves of Isle Royale National Park are on the verge of disappearing.
“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.
“This is going to help define what we think the word ‘conservation’ means during an era of tremendous global change,” said John Vucetich of Michigan Technological University.
During their 2012 Winter Study, Michigan Technological University population biologist John Vucetich and wildlife ecologist Rolf Peterson started wondering where the wolves of Isle Royale National Park had gone. Now they know — for at least three of them.