Today, the National Park Service announced its decision to augment the Isle Royale, Michigan wolf population with 20 to 30 animals within three years. New wolves will restore necessary ecological balance to Isle Royale’s forest ecosystem, by controlling the island’s swelling moose population, which is causing great harm to its forests. The HSUS strongly supports the NPS decision.

“With the loss of Isle Royale’s ice bridges due to climate change, wolves could not reach the island. This spelled disaster not only for the park’s environmental health, but doomed its overabundant moose population to slow, cruel starvation,” said Nicole Paquette, vice president of wildlife at the Humane Society of the United States. “The two wolves left on the island are too inbred to successfully reproduce; it’s been heartbreaking to witness the harm that lack of genetic diversity has caused on Isle Royale.”

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