Patrick Center December 9, 2013 | WGVU Michigan’s 2013 wolf in the Upper Peninsula limits the kill to 43 animals.Those in favor of the hunt say Michigan Department of Natural Resources data indicates there were roughly 100 incidents of threatening wolf behavior toward humans and farmers complain of livestock attacks.
“It’s not just about one farm. There have been reports of deprivation events all across the U.P. Where they actually located the hunting zones are around where their radio collars showed that the wolf packs responsible for those events were running while trying to avoid packs that weren’t responsible for those.”
For Drew YoungDyke and Michigan’s Citizens for Professional Wildlife Management it’s about just that; wildlife management based on science. He says let trained biologists at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources decide.But biologists are split on wolf hunting.
“You shouldn’t kill something without a good reason.”
Dr. John Vucetich is a professor of wildlife ecology at Michigan Tech who’s written extensively on the topic. He’s says folks in the U.P rarely encounter wolves and pose little threat to livestock. But when it does happen, it must be addressed immediately.
“You can’t wait for the next upcoming hunting season and hope that some hunter has the good fortune of killing a wolf that’s associated with threatening humans. You got to deal with it right away.”
To protect wolf hunting Citizens for Professional Wildlife Management needs to collect 258,000 signatures over the next 180 days. That would nullify a referendum.
There are approximately one million licensed hunters and anglers in the state.
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