Four Canadian wolves were recently transported by helicopter from Ontario to Michigan’s Isle Royale National Park. The wolves were relocated to help deal with the moose population on the island, and to restore the dwindling number of wolves that currently live on the island. In the past, ice bridges have connected Isle Royale to the mainland, allowing wolves to migrate. Over the last twenty years, however, these ice bridges have become inconsistent, stranding wolves on the island and preventing any newcomers. The four new wolves will join two that were relocated to the island in 2018. Over the next five years the National Park Service hopes to introduce 20 to 30 wolves to the park.
As state and local politicians run for office, the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) hopes the campaign trail doesn’t run commuters off the road.INDOT reportedly received numerous complaints from residents regarding political campaign signage along state highways in the southeast portion of the state. Indiana law prohibits campaign signs from federal and state highway right-of-way.State highway crews have been removing campaign signs and other illegal postings from right-of-ways during normal maintenance activities.Individual signs that are too close to the road or could cause obstruction to a driver are specifically targeted.According to INDOT, The right-of-way areas which must remain “sign-free” include:All interstates and their interchanges; andAll intersections where at least one local, state or federal road intersects with a state or federal highway; andAll rights-of-way paralleling federal or state highways;Where right-of-way is not clearly marked, it may be estimated as the back of the ditch, to the fence line or up to utility poles.Removed signs are taken to the nearest INDOT subdistrict office where they can be re-claimed by their owners between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.Aurora Subdistrict—8074 U.S. 50 at Aurora, Ind., 812-926-0376Bloomington Subdistrict—2965 Prow Road at Bloomington, Ind., 812-332-1411Columbus Subdistrict—3545 Two Mile Road at Columbus, Ind., 812-372-7837Falls City Subdistrict—5701 U.S. Highway 31 at Clarksville, Ind., 812-282-7493Madison Subdistrict—1875 W. JPG Woodfill Road at Madison, Ind., 812-574-4368The INDOT Seymour District Customer Service Desk can be called at 877-305-7611.