Isle Royale News
January 30, 2017
Photo credit: Rolf Peterson
Isle Royale is a remote wilderness island, isolated by the frigid waters of Lake Superior, and home to populations of wolves and moose. As predator and prey, their lives and deaths are linked in a drama that is timeless and historic. Their lives are historic because we have been documenting their lives for more than five decades. This research project is the longest continuous study of any predator-prey system in the world.
With just two wolves left on the island, natural recovery of the population is unlikely. The potential absence of wolves raises concerns about possible effects to Isle Royale’s current ecosystem, including effects to both the moose population and Isle Royale’s forest/vegetation communities.
The issue is complex. As part of the National Park Service (NPS) planning process, a team of eight experts completed a questionnaire (pdf) so that the NPS can assess approaches for determining how to bring wolves to Isle Royale National Park.
There will be open houses and webinars regarding the draft Environmental Impact Statement (pdf) to Address the Presence of Wolves on Isle Royale. The public open houses will be held on February 14 and 15 2017 from 4 – 6 p.m. A short presentation will start at 4:30 followed by a question and answer period and open house.
The open house meetings will be held at the following locations:
- Duluth, Minnesota – February 14 at Pier B Resort, 800 West Railroad Street
- Houghton, Michigan – February 15 at the Magnuson Franklin Square Inn, 820 Shelden Avenue
In order to maximize opportunities to learn more about the draft plan/EIS, webinars are scheduled for Thursday, February 16 from 4p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time and Tuesday, February 21 from 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Eastern Time. For more information about the open houses and to register for the webinars, visit: parkplanning.nps.gov/isrowolves and click on the “Meetings” link.
In addition to the open houses and webinars, you are invited to submit written comments at parkplanning.nps.gov/isrowolves. Comments may also be submitted through March 15, 2017 via regular mail or hand delivery at: Superintendent Phyllis Green, Isle Royale National Park, ISRO Wolves, 800 East Lakeshore Drive, Houghton, Michigan 49931-1896.