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Isle Royale wolf update

Way back in March I reported that the wolf population at Isle Royale National Park was in jeopardy since their numbers had declined. Researchers didn't really know why. Today the Marquette Mining Journal has an article reporting that researchers found three wolves had been found at the bottom of an abandoned mining shaft on the island, drowned in the water there. They say this happened between October 2011 and January 2012; it was most likely accidental. One was a young female, and one may have been the alpha, which could explain why the pack seemed to split up and go off in different directions as related in the New York Times' Scientist at Work blog. The MJ article did not say anything about how the survivors are doing now.

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maxauburn
Jun. 16th, 2012 04:02 am (UTC)
That's sad.

Someone should seal up that abandoned mineshaft.
songdogmi
Jun. 16th, 2012 11:26 pm (UTC)
Yes, it is sad.

The park is mostly wilderness, so the humans can't really build anything there, but I would think they could do something relatively simple to close off that mineshaft. That would fall in the category of restoring the land to a more wilderness-like state, which is OK from what I know.
changeling72
Jun. 16th, 2012 12:53 pm (UTC)
How awful. It would be interesting to know how the survivors are doing.
songdogmi
Jun. 16th, 2012 11:28 pm (UTC)
I'd love to know. I'll keep an eye out for any reports. I bet the wolves are harder to track in spring and summer (tracks are harder to follow since there's no snow and a lot of foliage), but I hope there's some news about them before winter comes again.
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