Friday, October 11, 2013

Message from Rolf Peterson: Public input needed on future of Isle Royale wolves

Wolves of Isle Royale. (Photo by Rolf Peterson and courtesy

[Editor's Note:  A message from Rolf Peterson and an opportunity for you to weigh in on the future of wolves on Isle Royale.]

From Rolf Peterson, co-director, Isle Royale Wolf Moose Study
Reprinted with permission 

HOUGHTON -- The National Park Service is interested to receive your input on the pending decision regarding the future management of wolves on Isle Royale. Please send your input to the following email address: (note the "underscore" between ISRO and Wildlife)

The Park Service is considering three options: (1) do nothing, even if wolves go extinct; (2) allow wolves to go extinct (if that is what they do), and then introduce a new wolf population; or (3) conserve Isle Royale wolves with an action known as genetic rescue by bringing some wolves to the island to mitigate inbreeding.

While expressing your view, consider providing as much detail on the reasons for your preference, as the Park Service believes the reasons for your view are as important as your view. If you have any questions on the process or anything relating to providing input, please do not hesitate to ask me.

Thank you for considering the future of this national park!

Rolf Peterson
Michigan Technological University

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