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Isle Royale Wolf Pack Decimated By Deaths Of Three Wolves
2012-06-15 11:08:47

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com Researchers from Michigan Technological University studying the wolf population at Isle Royale National Park were bewildered as to why there was a significant decline in the numbers of wolves on the northwest island on Lake Superior during their 2012 Winter Study -- the population went from 16 to 9 in just one year. After scratching their heads for months over the disappearances, the team received word in May that could explain at least some of the...

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2009-04-05 07:20:00

Nearly thirty gray wolves living on an island chain in northwestern Lake Superior have backbone malformations as a result of genetic inbreeding, presenting yet another hurdle for the wolves' long-term survival, wildlife experts say.Although only confirmed recently, the problem has seemingly been in existence or decades in the tiny, isolated wolf packs in Isle Royale National Park in Michigan.The abnormalities are also found in some domestic dogs, and can cause pain, partial paralysis and can...

2006-09-12 09:20:22

For campers at Isle Royale National Park, sighting a gray wolf is a rare and thrilling experience. At least, it has been. But some wolves have gotten a bit too familiar this summer, wandering into camping areas and showing little of their customary fear of people. No attacks or threatening behavior have been reported. But the close encounters prompted warnings to visitors not to feed the wolves. "Wolves are wild animals and potentially dangerous like any wild animals," said Michigan Tech...

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2006-03-24 06:40:00

Rolf Peterson has watched a bleeding female wolf struggle to survive, helped by a turncoat male from the rival pack that had mauled and left her for dead. He has come face to face with a wolf while lying on a forest path shooting video; the animal casually detoured around him. He and his wife have spent three decades of summers in an old fishing cabin without electricity or running water. The nearby storage shed is jammed to the rafters with moose skulls and antlers. And he has chronicled...

2005-08-18 14:25:00

Philadelphia, PA -- Otters cavorting in the water is a scene with which we're all familiar. Yet, unlike many other mammals that spend a considerable amount of time in the water"“polar bears, seals, dolphins, and whales"“river otters do not have a thick layer of body fat to keep warm. They rely, instead, on a few unique adaptations; namely, their fur and the densely packed layer of specially adapted underhairs. Using scanning electron microscopy and polarizing light...

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2005-03-16 07:20:32

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) -- Mercilessly hounded by blood-sucking ticks, the Isle Royale moose herd is on a downward spiral - and the wolf packs that roam the national park in Lake Superior are taking advantage. The moose population fell to about 540 this winter, down from 740 last year and 1,100 during the winter of 2002-03, wildlife biologist Rolf Peterson of Michigan Tech University said Tuesday. Meanwhile, wolf numbers jumped from 19 to 29 last season and reached 30 this year. Although...