by Duluth News Tribune
June 14, 2012 at 7:00 pm in Duluth News Tribune
Scientists studying the wolf population on Isle Royale were told of a grisly discovery in late May that could explain the reason for a dwindling number of wolves on the island.
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And they aren’t worried about humans falling into the shaft?
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First off, it is on Isle Royale so there are not a lot of people there. People also tend to stay on trails, and those that do not are not running through the woods at full speed.
Second, they warn humans of the dangers of the mine shafts in the area when they arrive on the island. Hard to do that with wolves.
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Are you implying that the average hiker is too dumb to avoid a mineshaft? I say let darwinian selection run its course. You’ll only be losing the dimmest of the bunch.
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It may be the case that the shaft is not in a location that humans usually go. But, yeah, now that the rangers know about the shaft, it ought to be secured from folks tumbling into it.
Regardiing the wolf population, there, this island is a great natural laboratory. Leave the wolves and moose alone, there. Let Nature take its course, and learn something. I admit to being a sucker for cute pictures of animals, and wanting to help the underdog, so to speak… but this is a rare opportunity to study and learn something about the wolf and the moose in an absolutely controlled setting. We couldn’t *pay* to set up a lab like this one, and here it is.
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It’s hard to let nature take its course when there is an open mine pit wolves are falling into. If three have fallen in this year, imagine how many have fallen in the past. If they want to keep natures laboratory they need to cover the mine shaft(s) immediately.
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Whether the mine shaft is a natural hole, or man made is irrelevant. If the island is to be a “natural” lab, we observe, but don’t interfere. I can only imagine what the place would become should the likes Lynn Rogers apply their “scientific” methods to the wolves/moose. Every wolf would be equipped with a critter cam and an adoption program would be established to “save the moose”. I say “hands off!”
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Great points Tom!
Let the wolves do what they will, with fewer of them the moose population will jump, helping the wolves comeback from ‘the brink’ with relative ease.
Only real problem is the potential for in-breeding… If there are only a handful of wolves, they’re all going to be kissing cousins. Ideally if this is found to be the case, scientists can find a way to bring new genes to the pool without giving the wolves a huge unnatural advantage over the moose.
But, ultimately we’re watching mother nature do her thing, and that is one of the most interesting things around.
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“the packs lone female had a mate” ———- With only 1 female wolf left, it will be hard for his pack to survive. I think we continue to monitor and if they lose their last female, then we step in and insert a female from the mainland.
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The mine shafts were there before the wolves.
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Maybe we should stop driving cars because we’re hitting too many deer?
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Those poor wolves got shafted…
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