Three wolves released on Isle Royale

From left, Ashley Lutto, a research associate with the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry, National Park Service veterinarian Michelle Verant, Michigan Department of Natural Resources veterinary specialist Dan O’Brien and Michigan DNR wildlife technician Brad Johnson collect and record data on a gray wolf captured in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to be released on Isle Royale.
©John Pepin/Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Three more gray wolves (Canis lupus) have been translocated to Isle Royale National Park, the National Park Service reported. A fourth wolf was also translocated but its collar sent out a mortality signal one week later. A team of biologists located its carcass, which will be examined at the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wisconsin.

The fall wolf translocation project, which concluded Sept. 13, brought two male wolves and one female from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, bringing the total wolf population on the Michigan island to 17 — nine males and eight females. Three other wolves were captured but failed to meet translocation criteria and were released. Officials hope to restore 20 to 30 wolves to the island over a period of three to five years.

Read more from Isle Royale National Park here.