Science Class Studies Wolf Issues

I’ve been holding on to this one as the great wolf debate has continued. However, now that SB 288 & SB 289 have been passed and been signed by Governor Snyder, sharing the words of 6th graders regarding the science of wildlife management seems to fit perfectly. Their research is a great way to begin to see the big picture.

Soon after the wolf debate became quite heated back in February, my son came home with a project – about wolves… Kalynn Eberhart, 6th grade science teacher, at Clare Middle School, had the students research the Isle Royale history and the relationship between the wolves and moose. Although Isle Royale is a small area of land compared to the Upper Peninsula, the science behind wildlife biology is the same. The students essays or posters are below.

Please note, I have not modified the student’s work in any way except for converting their PowerPoint presentations into PDFs.

Mike's graphically defined question.

Mike’s graphically defined question.




How many wolves does it take to kill one moose?










Jayce M. question: Why do wolves live in packs?
Wolves live in packs for several important reasons.  They do almost everything together including traveling and hunting; Packs are made up of related wolves both by blood and also non-blood relatives that are close because they have supported one another. Most often it is the male and female wolf and their young that live together.  Usually they live in packs of 6 to 7 but sometimes may have as many as 14 or 15. Read his full essay here:  Wolves

Why do  wolves live in packs?

Jayce M. – Why do wolves live in packs?












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Olivia H.


Tarryn W.

Tarryn and Olivia’s presentation:Predator or prey
The wolf and moose population by Dylan B. and Tyler M.

Tyler M.

Tyler M.

Dylan B.

Dylan B. – Read his essay here.


What is a symbiotic relationship?











About Stephanie Brown

I'm a Michigan outdoors-person through and through. Growing up in our great state in a family of hunters, I knew early on I'd be with them. I continued to feed my outdoor soul while attending Lake Superior State University and continuing my education at Northern Michigan University where I earned a Master's degree in English. Further building on my outdoor hobbies, my husband has been an incredible teacher and hunting partner for the last 18 years. I've been fortunate to be able to do what I love outdoors and then write about it!