The first seven caribou have been relocated from Michipicoten Island, Ont., 130 kilometres north to Slate Islands.

The work is being conducted by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

In an email to CBC news, MNRF spokesperson Jolanta Kowalski says more of the animals are expected to be relocated Monday.

The nearby community of Michipicoton First Nation has been concerned about the caribou on the island since last spring.

That’s because the population is being wiped out by wolves, who crossed to the island on a rare ice bridge a few winters ago.

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