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Wolf Taken to Isle Royale Returns to Mainland

FILE - One of the wolves moved to Isle Royale last fall has found his way off the island. FILE - One of the wolves moved to Isle Royale last fall has found his way off the island. | 

JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer
Created: February 06, 2019 12:08 PM

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - A gray wolf that was moved to Isle Royale National Park in Lake Superior last fall has wandered back to the mainland.

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The female was among four wolves flown to the island in hopes of rebuilding a population that had nearly died out. Officials said Wednesday she recently crossed an ice bridge back to the area where she was captured, near the border between northeastern Minnesota and Ontario.

Another of the translocated wolves died, leaving just two newcomers at the park.

Officials believe two wolves that have been there for years remain alive, although they haven't been spotted in the few days since scientists arrived for their annual winter study of Isle Royale's wolves and moose.

Superintendent Phyllis Green says the wolf translocation program will continue.

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JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer

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