The struggling wolf population in Isle Royale National Park may be expanding by 20 – 30 new wolves, but they need your help.
The National Park Service has released its draft report on the Lake Superior island’s wolf population that has been slowly declining due to inbreeding and genetic deformities, and is now down to just two members. Wolves play a critical role as the top predator on the island, and their dwindling numbers have resulted in a rising moose population. In the absence of a predator, scientists say the moose population will continue to expand, which could devastate the island native vegetation, eliminating their food source as well as that of other species on the island. Bringing new wolves to the park will ensure a sustainable population and help balance the delicate ecosystem at Isle Royale National Park.
The report is now open for public comment through Wednesday, March 15. If adopted, the plan would arrange for wolves trapped elsewhere to be released on the island over the next three years.
Please show your support for this wolf reintroduction plan by visiting the public comment section of The National Park Service website and submitting your thoughts on why you believe wolves are essential to the ecosystem on Isle Royale.
Here is sample comment to use as a template:
I support the reintroduction of wolves to Isle Royale National Park. Wolves are essential to health of the entire ecosystem and without their distinct presence, the whole island will decline. With impending threats on the Endangered Species Acts, grey wolf protections and the insurmountable threats of climate change, this reintroduction could not come at a more crucial time.
Comment period closes on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 11:59 PM Mountain Time