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ISLE ROYALE-WILDLIFE
(2008-04-07)
(wgvu) - A NEW SURVEY SHOWS THAT WOLF AND MOOSE
POPULATIONS HAVE INCREASED OVER THE PAST YEAR ON LAKE SUPERIOR'S
ISLE ROYALE.
THE STUDY HAS BEEN AROUND FOR 50 YEARS, MAKING IT ONE OF THE
LONGEST-RUNNING PROJECTS ON PREDATOR/PREY RELATIONSHIPS.
WOLVES HAVE INCREASED FROM 21 IN 2007 TO 23 IN 2008 AND GREW
FROM THREE TO FOUR PACKS.
THERE WERE AN ESTIMATED 385 MOOSE IN 2007 AND ABOUT 650 IN 2008.
RESEARCHERS SAY DIFFICULT COUNTING CONDITIONS LAST YEAR MAY HAVE
RESULTED IN UNDERCOUNTING.
RESEARCHERS SAY THE WOLF POPULATION IS ABOUT NORMAL, BUT THE
MOOSE POPULATION IS BELOW AVERAGE.
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