Of Wolves and Moose on Isle Royale
I've always been fascinated by wolves. Not sure why, but they just appeal to me. And so long before Yellowstone's wolf recovery program began in 1995 I focused on the wolves of Isle Royale National Park in Michigan.
I slowly built a small library of books on wolves, including The Wolf by Dave Mech, perhaps North America's most renowned wolf expert. And I collected art by Jim Brandenburg, in my opinion one of the best wildlife/nature photographers out there.
So I had understandable interest when I ran across a story about the latest involving wolves and their main prey, moose, on Isle Royale. The story, by The Associated Press's John Flesher, details how the park's declining moose population is impacting the park's wolf packs. It's not an encouraging story, but it does offer a look at the delicate balance in the wild kingdom.