Riddle of decline in Isle Royale wolves is solved

  • Article by: JOSEPHINE MARCOTTY , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 15, 2012 - 10:43 PM

The bodies of three wolves were found in an abandoned mine shaft.

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walleyewaltJun. 15, 1210:13 PM

Put a couple more wolves on the island. The isolated nature of the island makes it a priceless place to study predator-prey interactions. Plus, we can't let the moose get too comfortable, they benefit from the selection pressure the wolves provide.

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sweedldJun. 16, 1212:21 PM

Perhaps the first order of business is to seal up the abandoned mine shaft that killed these wolves before continuing to spend so much money on monitoring the health and population of these remote wolves.

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paulTandbergJun. 16, 12 6:31 PM

If the population had dropped suddenly from 16 to 13, the "riddle" could be pronounced "solved". But the riddle is why it dropped from 16 to 9. 3 wolves in a mine shaft does not account for a 7 wolf drop unless any answer will do.

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myhackintoshJun. 16, 12 8:15 PM

I can't believe our government wastes money monitoring stuff like this.

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carlbsJun. 16, 1210:03 PM

Why am I not surprised that "man" had something to do with the desecration of this pack.

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skalocJun. 16, 1210:07 PM

I am sure some group will track the decendants of the mine owners in order to sue them ....

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