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Necropsy Shows Wolf that Escaped Isle Royale National Park was Fatally Shot with Pellet Gun

posted Mar 27, 2014, 12:58 PM by chloe owens

3/14/14, by John Flesher, Star Tribune

Necropsy shows wolf that escaped Isle Royale National Park was fatally shot with pellet gun

A gray wolf that fled Isle Royale National Park across a Lake Superior ice bridge was found dead on the mainland had been shot with a pellet from an air gun, officials said Friday.  The 5-year-old female, nicknamed “Isabelle” by researchers who monitor wolves and moose on the island park, was described as a loner that had been bullied by other wolves.  She escaped this winter, seizing the rare opportunity to traverse at least 15 miles of ice separating Isle Royale from an area along the U.S.-Canadian border.