URGENT effort underway to save four to six wolves
As we close out this campaign, we wanted to leave you with this Thank You video ... a '7 wolf salute'!
UPDATE ... Four days of work compressed!
SUCCESS STORY! The wolf capture and relocation project that NPLSF & International Wolf Center are funding has been a huge success!
Six wolves that remained on Michipicoten Island, Ontario, and one wolf from mainland Ontario, were captured, vet checked, and transported to Isle Royale National Park for release last Friday, 3/22 and Saturday, 3/23.
The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry approved the privately funded (by NPLSF & IWC) operation on Monday, March 18th.
By Friday morning it was "game on" with the OMNRF, US National Park Service, and the Bighorn Helicopters' capture team working together to make it happen.
To say there was no time wasted in accomplishing the mission would be an understatement!
Unlike in several earlier attempts, the weather cooperated, enabling the capture team and the OMNRF transport team to fit four days of effort and resources into two days. We couldn't be happier with the outcome - all seven new wolves are now on Isle Royale!
Due to the amount of human hours and aircraft hours it took to accomplish the mission, the cost of the project was not reduced.
We are still actively seeking donations to help fund this amazingly successful endeavor. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation and share this opportunity to help with others as well. While an additional day was not added, additional resources went spent on the compressed schedule - and the aircraft expense expanded.
Thank you to all of the current donors to this project - you've helped make sure it happened and we can't thank you enough!
There is an amazing effort scheduled for this weekend and you can help make it even more successful!
Help us ensure success of moving additional wolves to Isle Royale while saving the wolves from starvation on Michipicoten Island.
This $100,000 project is already underway with the National Parks of Lake Superior Foundation and the International Wolf Center joining forces to already secure $75,000 in funding.
An additional $25,000 needs to be secure by Saturday, March 23, midnight to add another day of operations!
Can you help us boost this effort to help this win-win project? Win for Michipicoten wolves who face starvation; Win for Isle Royale wolves to boost their pack and provide better ecosystem balance.
If goal is not reached, funds will be directed to related wolf projects on Isle Royale
We will be closing this funding campaign. Thank you for your support --- here is a '7 wolf salute' to all of the great people that supported this effort.
The scars on the breeding female’s face document a hard-fought life. She is in poor body condition and is probably at the end of her reproductive life cycle. However, she will be able to join her mate on Isle Royale where abundant prey is available and define how many chapters will remain for her life.
Her daughter is a 2-year-old female, number 15. She had a colon full of small plastic bits and was far away from bait piles where the males were captured. With weight differences it would have been hard to hold her own at a bait pile with males tipping the scales at more than 90 pounds. The females were weighed between 60 and 70 pounds. She appeared to be in the early stages of pregnancy. Parks staff will monitor her progress and success. Food has been scarce for the last year and there is no evidence that 2018 pups survived. These potential 2019 pups will have a better chance and the female has the opportunity to breed again.
Most of the beaver huts had multiple wolf tracks all over top of them as the wolves waited for the first signs of spring break up. One of the captured Michipicoten males had recently caught a beaver. Any remaining wolves on Michipicoten will have slim pickings as spring evolves into summer. On-going research and game cameras should confirm whether all wolves were successfully moved. No additional wolves were found using the bait piles and the operation shifted to the mainland to see if an additional wolf could be added to the black pack as the donor funds were running down. Within an hour, a healthy 99-pound black coated male was caught from the original pack.
With the remaining funding, OMNRF had just enough funding to complete the transfers of all the wolves caught on Friday and Saturday to Isle Royale National Park with the operation coming to a close at sunset.
Carol Brady of the National Parks of Lake Superior foundation said: “We were on the phone all day keeping the agencies informed of the donations and the last minute donors made the difference on finishing out the day. The International Wolf Center and NPLSF foundation want to thank everyone involved in this extremely successful wolf mission that met our goals of moving six Michipicoten wolves to Isle Royale and a bolstering of the two black pack members on Isle Royale from February’s translocation with the addition of a 99-pound black male in better shape than all the other wolves moved during this effort.”
This male is pictured with this post. The photo was taken by J. Lenthe
Please help ensure the success of this project - Thank You!
Photo credit - NPS photo by P Green
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