US Officials Approve Plan to Rebuild Isle Royale Wolf Population

U.S. officials have decided to relocate gray wolves to Lake Superior’s Isle Royale National Park, where the predator is on the brink of disappearing.

The National Park Service announced final approval of a plan Thursday to capture between 20 and 30 mainland wolves over three to five years old and move them to the park.

The hope is that they will form packs that will keep the island’s booming moose population in check, keeping them from overeating vegetation and hurting the ecosystem.

Wolves made their way to the island in the late 1940s.

At one point, their population was as high as 50 but now only two remain.

Experts believe inbreeding and disease are to blame for their drop-off.