Friday, January 27, 2012

Fortunate Wilderness: The Isle Royale Wolf and Moose Study, a Film by George Desort

Scientists have been studying the interactions and interdependence of wolves and moose at Michigan's Isle Royale National Park for half a century. It is the longest continuous predator-prey study ever conducted. Filmmaker George Desort spent over four years with the researchers gathering material for Fortunate Wilderness.

To learn more about the study, visit John Vucetich's The Wolves and Moose of Isle Royale Website. For information on the film, contact George Desort.

Fortunate Wilderness: The Isle Royale Wolf and Moose Study, a Film by George Desort

Vucetich Discusses Long-Running Predator-Prey Study : NPR

January 26, 2012
Melissa Block speaks with John Vucetich, a wildlife ecologist from Michigan Technological University who is leading the wolf-moose winter study at Isle Royale National Park. The park is located in the northwest corner of Lake Superior. The study is in its fifth decade.

Michigan Gray Wolf no longer on federal endangered species act

Today is the day.  Wolves in the Great Lakes region are no longer endangered and protection under the federal endangered species act no longer applies to them.  State authorities in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan will now control protection of wolves in these areas.

In Minnesota, DNR takes over wolf management; will set rules for hunt while in Wisconsin, Wisconsin farmers can get permits to kill wolves.

Michigan DNR has a Wolf Management Plan and has a lot of information on its website in the section devoted to wolves in Michigan.

For more information on Michigan's wolf population, greater detail about the two laws governing wolf depredation, and to see the state's Wolf Management Plan, visit www.michigan.gov/wolves.

Continue below the break to see the official press release from the Michigan DNR


Thursday, January 26, 2012

Farmers Eager For Right To Kill Attacking Wolves « CBS Detroit

TRAVERSE CITY (AP) – Ranchers in the western Great Lakes region are eager to take up arms against a longtime enemy: wolves.
The gray wolf comes off the federal endangered species list Friday in Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin, where the combined population is 4,400.
Wolves have rebounded strongly there after being hunted to near-extinction. They gained federal protection in 1974.

Wolf Sighting in Menominee County

Jennifer
Wallace, MI

Date of Sighting: Friday, January 20, 2012
Time of Sighting: 6:46 PM

Menominee County

The wolves and moose of Isle Royale have a Facebook Page!

The wolves and moose of Isle Royale have a Facebook Page!

You can find us at:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wolves-and-Moose-of-Isle-Royale/153522341415661

Check it out!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Endangered no more: Michigan Department of Natural Resources delists wolves, again

It's been a limbo act with wolves.

On Friday, Jan. 27, wolves in the western Great Lakes region will be removed from the federal endangered species list. But this isn't wolves' first flirtation with delisting.

Wolves were first removed from the list in 2003, but because of procedural mishaps, they were re-listed as endangered in 2005. Then removed again in 2007, then put back on in 2008, off in 2009, back on again in 2009.

But finally -- for now -- wolves will be removed from the list yet again, and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is happy.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

John Vucetich - Scientist at Work Blog - NYTimes.com

John Vucetich is a wildlife ecologist from Michigan Technological University. He is leading the wolf-moose Winter Study at Isle Royale National Park. He has posted a couple entries already at the NYTimes Science bog. You can see the posts linked below. He will be spending several weeks on Isle Royale studying wolves.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Wolf Evidence in Chippewa County

Lauren J
Sault Ste. Marie, MI

Date of Sighting: Friday, January 6, 2012
Chippewa County

Monday, January 16, 2012

Winter Study 2012 on Isle Royale begins this week

Here is a note from the research at Isle Royale.  We'll be watching.

Greetings, Friends!

Winter Study 2012 begins THIS week! John & Rolf will soon be on Isle Royale observing the wolves and moose. You can follow all the adventures and discoveries at "Notes from the Field" (www.isleroyalewolf.org), which will be updated every few days throughout Winter Study.

Cheers,
Leah

Sunday, January 8, 2012

ASKED & ANSWERED: Daniel Eichinger > Detroit Legal News

Here is a great article with an interview with Daniel Eichinger. Daniel Eichinger is with the MDNR and is the Manager of the Policy and Regulations Unit of the Wildlife Division.

Wolf Sighting in Ottawa County

Ron S
Coopersville, MI

Date of Sighting: Saturday, January 7, 2012
Time of Sighting: 8:15am

Ottawa County

Wolf Sighting in Livingston County

Kara S.
Ann Arbor, MI

Date of Sighting: Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Time of Sighting: 1 pm

Livingston County

Thursday, January 5, 2012

The Wolves and Moose of Isle Royale

Rolf Peterson has spent a lifetime studying wolves at the Isle Royale National Park. Chronicled in his book The Wolves of Isle Royale: A Broken Balance, Isle Royale provides a unique opportunity to study wolves in an environment that is now virtually untouched by man. The 2010 - 2011 annual report (pdf) on this study has been released.  You can also learn more about the project at its website.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Future of Isle Royale's wolves and moose in jeopardy | Detroit Free Press | freep.com

The lives of wolves and moose on Michigan's remote Isle Royale are always precarious, but they are more at risk now than they have been in decades, thanks to climate change and too few females.

And for the people who study them, funding is in peril.

Rolf Peterson, co-director of a study that has lasted for 53 years, said it is impossible to predict the future of the animals or the study. While wolves in Michigan are scheduled to come off the federal endangered species list in January, the study at Isle Royale is designed to examine the interactions between predators, the wolves, and their prey, moose, over long periods of time in a confined environment.

Future of Isle Royale's wolves and moose in jeopardy | Detroit Free Press | freep.com

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Editorial: It's up to Michigan to find right balance in wolf protections | Detroit Free Press | freep.com

Here is an editorial from the Detroit Free Press talking about the need to find a balance in the wolf population in Michigan. Balance is the key for the wolf to survive. The removal of the gray wolf from the Federal Endangered Species list allows the MDNR to find that right balance.