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Four Canadian wolves released on Isle Royale, tasked with repopulating and hunting

In late February, four Canadian wolves were captured and then released onto Isle Royale National Park in a continued effort to grow the current wolf population and restore predation, a "key ecosystem dynamic," according to a press release from the National Park Service. 

The project was a joint effort between the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and the National Park Service.

“I am impressed by the resilience this international team showed to overcome adversity and meet project objectives: polar vortex, federal government shutdown, complex aviation logistics, the list is endless,” Mark Romanski, Division Chief of Natural Resources for Isle Royale National Park and project manager for the reintroduction efforts, said in a press release. 

The National Park Service began relocating wolves to Isle Royale in the fall of 2018. Three wolves have been lost in the process - one male passed away several weeks after being transported; a female perished shortly after her capture and before being released; and another female escaped to Canada via an ice bridge that formed in late January. 

Learn more about the most recent relocation effort in the slideshow above.

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