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Officials may boost depleted Isle Royale wolf population

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TRAVERSE CITY, MI (AP) -

A federal report says managers are leaning toward relocating as many as 30 gray wolves to Isle Royale National Park from the mainland.

The draft environmental impact study being released Friday includes four options for dealing with the declining wolf population at the wilderness park in Lake Superior. Only two of the iconic predators remain.

The preferred option is to take 20-30 wolves to the Michigan park over the next three years.

Other possibilities include starting with six to 15 wolves and adding more later, delaying a decision or letting nature take its course.

Officials will make a decision after a 90-day public comment period.

Many park visitors cherish the wolves, which keep the island's abundant moose in check.

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