Isle Royale Wolf Projects - Make them Shutdown Proof!

Press release: January 26, 2019

**URGENT** Join our Go Fund Me Campaign!

URGENT NEED:   Due to the US Government shutdown, the planned early January Isle Royale Wolf transfer project had to be cancelled.   There was significant coordination time, money and energy all lost.

It's imperative the wolves get moved within the next few weeks.  

Wolves are being moved from Michipicoton Island in Ontario, where there are low food sources, to Isle Royale, where they must adapt to their new location in time for early spring mating season.

The National Parks of Lake Superior Foundation(NPLSF) has worked hard to get approval to temporarily open Isle Royale and complete the wolf transfer.    This requires non-government funding.   NPLSF has guaranteed that funding.

However, we need your help to cover that cost.  The whole project costs total is $50,000.    Some of the amazing logistics include two separate helicopter teams, capturing wolves, transporting, releasing, monitoring - all in a winter wilderness environment.

Can you help save the Michipicoton wolves and help them find love on Isle Royale?

Your donation is tax-deductible.  Any donations more that our goal will go towards additional wolf expenses including research.

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We need your help to ensure this amazing story is captured.

The ongoing sixty-year predator/prey study of wolves and moose on Isle Royale provides the backdrop for a new chapter of understanding regarding these two iconic animals and the ecosystem in which they interact. The future story is yet to be written.

This is a multiyear project that will fund an educational documentary geared toward K-12 students. It will chronicle reintroduction efforts and research with a holistic view and balanced reporting of the factors and conditions the introduction of new wolves to Isle Royale will generate.



Isle Royale National Park and Partners Release two Wolves on the Island 
Press Release: September 27, 2018

HOUGHTON, MICHIGAN-- After years of study, public engagement, and planning, the first wolves in a National Park Service (NPS) wolf translocation project to restore predation to the island ecosystem have been moved to Isle Royale National Park from the Grand Portage Indian Reservation


On Wednesday, September 26, late in the day, two gray wolves, a 4-year old female and a 5-year old male, were taken to the island on a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service aircraft. The wolves were then carried to separate release sites away from the public and the territory of the two resident wolves. It did not take long for the female to leave the crate and begin exploring her new home on the island. The male left his crate after dark. Other wolves will join the two in the coming weeks.


"We have been planning this relocation operation with our partners and are very pleased with the progress so far," said Superintendent Phyllis Green. "Releasing these two wolves on the island is the first step to restoring the ecological dynamic in the park. The assistance of all our partners is critical to the success of this effort." On this project, the NPS is collaborating with the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources,  U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services, U.S. Geological Survey, University of Minnesota, and multiple NPS units. 


The male and female wolves released on the island Wednesday came from different pack territories on the Grand Portage Indian Reservation in northeastern Minnesota.  Both wolves received medical examinations by NPS wildlife veterinarian  Michelle Verant and wildlife veterinarian Tiffany Wolf of the University of Minnesota, before they were transported. Both were found to be in good condition and apparently healthy. Each wolf weighs approximately 75 pounds and has a thick coat of light tan, gray, and white fur with black markings, which is typical of gray wolves in the region. The wolves were vaccinated and fitted with GPS collars. 


The Record of Decision for the Plan to Address Wolf Presence on Isle Royale National Park was signed by the NPS Midwest Regional Director Cam Sholly in June. The goal for this fall is to translocate up to six wolves from the Minnesota and Michigan mainland to the park.  This is the first phase of a three- to five-year effort to relocate up to 20-30 wolves to the isolated island park. Researchers recommended this number of wolves to establish adequate genetic variability to help accomplish the overall goal of restoring predation as a key part of the ecosystem on the island.  The NPS plans to monitor ecological conditions and other factors, such as predation rates, genetics, moose-wolf ratios, and terrestrial and aquatic vegetation impacts to evaluate project success.