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A pack of wolves is about to save this national park

With any luck, a boatload of predators is headed to Isle Royale.
Two wolves travel in a single-file line across ice and snow in winter.

Only two wolves remain on Isle Royale. They’ll soon get company.

National Park Service/ Rolf Peterson

When a Chicago man brought his sick dog on a fishing trip to Isle Royale National Park, he set off the outbreak of a virus that would devastate the island’s . The disease, canine parvovirus, “went through the population of wolves like wildfire,” says Phyllis Green, superintendent of the park, a boreal forest on the western edge of Lake Superior, in Michigan. None of the wolf pups survived the winter. Within two years, 36 of the island’s 50 wolves were dead. That was 1982. Today,.

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