For only the second time since 1986, the Ellesmere wolves will not be receiving their usual summer scientific attention this year. Due to a blood clot in the lower part of one leg, Dave Mech has been advised to avoid visiting for any extended periods remote areas that lack medical facilities. Dean Cluff is busy studying wolves and caribou in the Northwest Territories,
and Dan MacNulty is preparing to assume a new position at Utah State University.
Meanwhile the 3 scientists will be planning and preparing for a possible return to their study area in summer 2012.