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Wolves and Moose of Isle Royale

April 6 6 p.m.

The Detroit Zoological Society will host a presentation by Dr. John Vucetich on the wolves and moose of Isle Royale on Thursday, April 6, 6-7:15 p.m. at the Detroit Zoo’s Ford Education Center.

Isle Royale National Park is a remote island located in Lake Superior and home to a population of wolves and moose. These animals are the subject of the longest study of any predator-prey system in the world. That study has contributed important insights on the most basic aspects of their relationship with nature. Recently, the wolf population was driven to the edge of extinction – an indirect and unexpected consequence of climate warming. The National Park Service has struggled with deciding whether to intervene and re-establish this population of predators to the island park. Their decision will have broad implications for how we care for National Parks and wilderness areas across the country. Join us for an evening on the science and ethics of our relationship with nature as Dr. Vucetich shares with us this remarkable story of wolves and moose.

Dr. Vucetich is a professor in the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Sciences at Michigan Technological University (MTU), where he teaches courses in Population Ecology and Conservation Ethics.  He has a B.S. in Biology and a Ph.D., both from MTU. Dr. Vucetich began working on the Isle Royale wolf-moose project in the early 1990s and has been co-leading the project with Rolf Peterson since 2000.  He has authored more than 80 scholarly publications on a range of topics, including wolf-prey ecology, extinction risk, population genetics, and environmental philosophy. Dr. Vucetich’s writings also appear regularly in popular publications such as the New York Times and Huffington Post. His advice is routinely solicited by state and federal governments and NGOs from North America and Europe on matters pertaining to the conservation of carnivores.

The presentation is open to the public; however, due to limited seating, tickets must be reserved in advance. Tickets are $15. All proceeds will benefit the Detroit Zoological Society’s wildlife conservation programs.