While the moose population at Isle Royale National Park is estimated at 1,300 animals, up from just 540 in 2005, the island's wolf population stands at just two, according to a winter survey of the park by Michigan Tech University researchers.
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Isle Royale National Park Officials To Decide Whether To Import Wolves To Help Island's Vanishing Pack
With just two known wolves left within the confines of Isle Royale National Park in Michigan, park officials are refocusing an environmental impact statement to the specific question of whether they should transplant wolves to the island park to help maintain a population of the predators.
Will the coming winter bring snow, drought, soaking rains, or mild weather to your national park outings? As usual, it depends on where you go, but Rocky Mountain National Park could be a winter wonderland if the forecast from AccuWeather holds true, while New England travelers should enjoy a reprieve from last year's overly bountiful snows.
With Isle Royale National Park's wolf population perhaps on its last legs, the park is embarking on an environmental impact statement on a "Moose-Wolf-Vegetation Management Plan" that might be too late, at least for the trio of remaining wolves.
When talk builds around some of the best small towns in America when it comes to putting down roots, you're bound to come upon a handful or so of national park gateway towns. And the folks at Liveability.com have made it official with their list of the Top 100 Best Small Towns."
New units to the National Park System, a face-off over concession fees at Grand Canyon National Park that impacted nearly a quarter of the park system, and even the basic relevancy of national parks were among the top stories of 2014 involving the park system.
As Isle Royale National Park managers mull the future of the park's wolf population, biologists and ecologists are urging them to step in with a genetic rescue.
As National Park Service Looks At Grizzly Bear Recovery In North Cascades, What's The State Of The Endangered Species Act?
News that the National Park Service wants to consider whether grizzly bears should be restored to the North Cascades ecosystem in Washington state is a big step towards bolstering the region's ecological integrity, but recent events surrounding the Endangered Species Act raises questions about whether the Park Service can succeed if it decides grizzly recovery is in the ecosystem's best interests.
EPA Agrees To Take A Look At Source Of Air Quality Problems At Voyageurs, Isle Royale National Parks
It took six years, and a lawsuit from the National Parks Conservation Association and other environmental organizations, but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to look into the source of air quality problems at Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota and at nearby Isle Royale National Park in Michigan.
National Park Service Working To Map Bottom Of Lake Superior Around Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
A 28-foot silver boat gliding about the islands of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore this summer will be working towards completing a mapping of the Lake Superior lakebed around the islands.