Year of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Environmental Science and Natural Resource Journalism
Department or School/College
School of Journalism
Henriette Lowisch, Mark Hebblewhite
wolves, Isle Royale National Park, inbreeding, genetic rescue
University of Montana
Isle Royale National Park, located in Michigan, is home to a wolf population that is in decline due to complications from inbreeding. Scientists and managers struggle to decide whether to intervene. Some scientists promote bringing new wolves to the island to restore the population because they say the decline is human-caused. Others promote “watchful waiting.” To date, the National Park Service has not interceded and is currently undergoing a management planning process. The issue raises questions about what it means to manage wildlife in an era of change. Should humans intervene to protect wildlife in the face of climate change and human impact?
Rahn, Kasey, "The Last Wolves of Isle Royale" (2015). Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers. 4494.
© Copyright 2015 Kasey Rahn