Isle Royale National Park

Isle Royale National Park

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Isle Royale wolves may go extinct

March 16, 2012, 9:51 am
Scientists say the wolves of Isle Royale National Park may go extinct because they are dangerously short of females. Wildlife biologists John Vucetich and Rolf Peterson of Michigan Tech University say they counted 16 gray wolves on the Lake Superior island this year, and just two, at most, are adult ...

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One wolf responsible for more than half of Isle Royale pack's genes

May 13, 2011, 8:36 am
More than half the wolf genes on Lake Superior’s Isle Royale can be traced to one wolf — known to researchers as the Old Gray Guy — that crossed the ice to the island in 1997. That’s one of the findings of scientists who used new genetic testing as part ...

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Isle Royale pack down to 2 female wolves

May 13, 2011, 8:33 am
The number of wolves roaming on Lake Superior’s Isle Royale has dwindled to just 16 with only two breeding females — a population level researchers say may not be sustainable much longer. If the two remaining mating females were to die before raising female pups, the wolf population could be ...

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Explore the Great Outdoors on Eco-tours at Isle Royale National Park

March 22, 2010, 7:35 am
Rock Harbor Lodge offers up new eco-tours through national park off of Michigan's Lake Superior Nestled in Lake Superior's crisp clean waters lays a natural jewel. Early French explorers named this remote island landscape as Isle Royale. Today this wilderness national park highlights natural features like no other place on ...

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Top 10 Places To Find Solitude

January 19, 2010, 11:29 am
Our nation’s National Park System offers some of the best outdoor recreation in the world. There are endless places, from Maine to California, Hawaii to Alaska, that you can hike, climb, camp, and see wild animals in their natural habitat. You visit the national parks to experience nature and ...

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Michigan offers a backpacker's paradise in park

December 7, 2009, 7:39 am
Wildlife enthusiast Jim DuFresne describes the scene as breathtaking."You take a six-hour boat ride where all you see is the clear water," he said. "Then when you finally get there, you really feel like you're in the wilderness and surrounded by nature. It's truly an incredible feeling."The Clarkston, Mich., ...

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Zebra mussels make it to Isle Royale

September 23, 2009, 6:18 am
Zebra mussels have invaded Isle Royale National Park, with Park Service officials Monday confirming the finding for the first time.Park officials are concerned because Isle Royale holds one of the region’s largest remaining populations of native mussels on small lakes on the island. Zebra mussels have in many cases wiped out native mussel populations ...

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Isle Royale National Park: Berries galore and so much more

September 14, 2009, 7:04 am
Isle Royale is located in the northwest waters of Lake Superior. It is no small island. It is 45 miles long and only accessible by boat or floatplane.Calm waters allowed the ferry to take less than three hours from Grand Portage, Minn., to Washington Harbor, the gateway to our starting point at the ...

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Part myth, part majesty, Michigan's only national park is an unspoiled gem

August 31, 2009, 7:39 am
ISLE ROYALE, Mich. -- A short hike, they called it. Just 4.2 miles to Scoville Point and back to the lodge.Now it's three hours later, and I'm still hiking. The way is strewn with rocks and boulders, giant roots and planks across the boggy spots. The trail hugs ancient ...

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Isle Royale National Park is remote and rarely visited, and it is a gem of the lakes

August 17, 2009, 8:06 am
ISLE ROYALE, Mich. | A short hike, they called it. Just 4.2 miles to Scoville Point and back to the lodge.Now it’s three hours later and I’m still hiking. I’ve seen two loons. Stopped dozens of times to look at wildflowers. Seen only two other hikers. Am I going ...

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Part myth, part majesty, Michigan's only national park is an unspoiled gem

August 4, 2009, 11:05 am
A short hike, they called it. Just 4.2 miles to Scoville Point and back to the lodge.Now it's three hours later, and I'm still hiking. The way is strewn with rocks and boulders, giant roots and planks across the boggy spots. The trail hugs ancient lava ridges that drop ...

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Dreams of a wild island

July 30, 2008, 8:11 am
I have a habit of daydreaming over maps. When I open my Rand McNally to pages 54 and 55, I see not just the enigmatic shape of Minnesota, but all of the places I've been and all of the places I've yet to explore. My eyes have been drawn many times ...

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Park's wolf population could melt away

July 28, 2008, 8:44 am
ISLE ROYALE, MICH. For six decades since they loped across frozen Lake Superior to reach this rocky island, wolves have roamed 45-mile-long Isle Royale, the nation's least-visited national park. The wolves survived the extermination efforts by the island's few inhabitants, who in the 1950s and '60s saw them as mortal enemies. ...

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Isle Royale: Wolves, moose and you

July 15, 2008, 10:23 am
Summer vacation days typically aren't spent bushwhacking through rugged backcountry to collect and analyze the bones of dead moose. But then, Isle Royale isn't your typical destination. The island off Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula in the western U.P. is home to four wolf packs, a fluctuating number of moose -- this ...

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