Public Meetings on Michigan Wolf Management

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will host a series of public meetings in March to provide information to the public and answer questions regarding wolf management and the possibility of a future Michigan wolf hunting season.

You know that the anti’s will be there in full force (probably hearing the truth for the first time), so please attend with your fellow sportsmen and women, get the facts straight from the experts, and make sure to take the survey.

The meetings will take place in the following locations from 6 to 8 p.m. local time:

  • Tuesday, March 12; Gogebic Community College, David Lindquist Student Center, E4946 Jackson Road, Ironwood
  • Wednesday, March 13; Northern Michigan University, Michigan Room, 2101 University Center, Marquette
  • Tuesday, March 19; Wisconsin Street Hall, 610 S. Wisconsin, Gaylord
  • Thursday, March 21; Lansing Center, Room 201, 333 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing

The meetings will include a presentation by DNR Wildlife Division staff on wolf management techniques, including the potential use of public harvest as a management tool as prescribed in the state’s Wolf Management Plan, which was developed through consensus by a roundtable of stakeholders representing a wide variety of interests related to wolf management.

Following the presentation, DNR staff will hold a question-and-answer session with members of the public. Meeting attendees will also be asked to participate in a survey regarding the possibility of the use of wolf hunting as a management tool in Michigan.

In January 2012, wolves in Michigan were removed from the federal list of endangered species after meeting recovery goals for more than a decade. In December 2012, wolves were declared a game species when Gov. Rick Snyder signed Public Act 520 of 2012.

Upon the reclassification of wolves as a game species, the Michigan Natural Resources Commission – which holds the exclusive authority to set hunting regulations for game species in the state – directed the DNR’s Wildlife Division to undertake a multi-pronged approach to developing a recommendation on whether a wolf management hunt should take place and what the parameters should be. The process currently under way includes:

  • Completing a wolf population survey
  • Compiling a thorough review of documented wolf conflicts, including depredation of livestock and pets
  • Meeting with the Wolf Management Advisory Council to discuss a possible wolf harvest aimed at resolving conflicts (MUCC’s Resource Policy Manager Amy Trotter is our representative and will be bringing forward recommendations to the April meeting)
  • Providing public input opportunities at meetings and through written comments
  • Conducting government-to-government consultation with tribal governments 

The DNR’s recommendation on a wolf management season will be presented to the NRC for consideration no later than June 2013. Whether a wolf season will be established and what the season would entail is at the sole discretion of the NRC.

 For more information about attending this series of public information meetings, contact Adam Bump at 517-373-1263. To learn more about the state’s wolf population and Wolf Management Plan, visit www.michigan.gov/wolves

Please note: A tentative meeting date for Newberry has been removed from the schedule of March meetings due to the potential for additional meetings later this spring. Dates and locations for any additional meetings will be announced once determined.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/laurel.cook.73 Laurel Cook

    we have so many deer in this state we need predatory animals. People that think wolves are some kind of montorous animal PLEASE move to the suburbs. TY
    Laurel N. Cook

    • http://www.facebook.com/diane.baker.564 Diane Baker

      What upsets me the most is that we had the required number of signed petitions to put the wolf hunt issue on the 2014 ballot so that the
      people of Michigan would decide for or against.Isn’t that the democratic process? It was underhandedly by passed on SB288. We have lost a great deal with the passage of this bill.I will exercise my right to vote in 2014 and try to remove all the people who voted yes. Shame on them.

  • Dave Mc

    It seems to me that many species of animal or bird are exterminated or hunted because they MAY cause damage to property or harm livestock…not because they HAVE done it. It is all very preventative, and I imagine a lot of the time totally unnecessary. Can you imagine if we applied the same rules to ourselves?… ‘guilty till proven innocent’, or ‘you look like a criminal so you are one’….what kind of world would that be to live in? Some people just like any excuse to kill and why the hell should they be catered for at the expense of wildlife?

  • RLM

    I truly hope that the citizens of this state realize and understand what proposal G is all about and the process that has been followed and needs to be followed in creating the wolf management plan. The history is all available for those who are willing to study it. these animals need to be managed with science not ignorant emotion. Please do your homework before making posts.