Revised wolf management options
Dear Friends of Isle Royale Wolves & Moose,
The National Park Service has revised the scope of their environmental impact statement regarding Isle Royale wolves. The revised scope is explained in this NPS document. It can also be found here. NPS is seeking public input on this issue.
Please submit your comments here.
Comment period closes May 16, 2016 at 11:59 PM Mountain Time.
Thank you for your continued interest,
John & Rolf
Source: Website of Wolves & Moose of Isle Royale click Here
Revised Preliminary Range of Alternatives
The NPS will evaluate alternative approaches for bringing wolves to Isle Royale, as well as the alternative of not bringing wolves to Isle Royale (the no-action alternative), which remains a viable option. Following this evaluation and additional input from you on the EIS, an alternative will be selected for implementation and documented in a record of decision. Based on the revised purpose statement, the NPS is now considering the following alternatives.
The NPS would not intervene and would continue current management. Wolves may come and go through natural migration, although the current population of wolves may die out.
The NPS would bring wolves to Isle Royale as a one-time event over a defined period of time (e.g. over a 36 month period) to increase the longevity of the wolf population on the
island. This action would occur as soon as possible following a signed record of decision.
The NPS would bring wolves to Isle Royale as often as needed in order to maintain a population of wolves on the island for at least the next 20 years, which is the anticipated life of the plan. The wolf population range and number of breeding pairs to be maintained on the island would be determined based on best available science and professional judgement. This action would occur as soon as possible following a signed record of decision.
The NPS would not take immediate action and would continue current management, allowing natural processes to continue. One or more resource indicators and thresholds would be developed to evaluate the condition of key resources, which could include moose or vegetation-based parameters. If a threshold is met, wolves would be brought to Isle Royale as a one-time event (per alternative B) or through multiple introductions (per alternative C).