DNR confirms another dog kill in Atlantic Mine area

DNR Press Release:

A Department of Natural Resources wildlife technician has confirmed that a third dog has been killed today by a wolf in the Atlantic Mine area (Houghton County), in the same location where another dog was killed last week. The dog in this morning’s attack was chained up in a fenced yard at the time of the attack.

The first confirmed kill in this area was on April 28.

“Wolf attacks on dogs around residences are usually uncommon,” said DNR wildlife biologist Brian Roell. “The landowner was working to provide fencing and better boundaries but unfortunately another dog was killed on this property in a short amount of time.”

The DNR had provided both landowners in the first two incidents with a 30-day permit to kill wolves on their property. At this time, two wolves have been killed and the permits are still active.

Roell said that in addition to providing the 30-day permits, the department – in an effort to better protect the public, pets and livestock – is now also taking an active role in attempting lethal control of wolves in this area.

To learn more about Michigan’s wolf population, visit www.michigan.gov/wolves.

  • Bruce Welnetz

    The DNR press release was wrong. While it is unfortunate that a 3rd dog was killed; the dog was not in a fenced area. DNR did issue a correction. It is clear this is very unusual. I suspect there is a den nearby, after 2 members of the pack were killed, the remaining animals may be seeking an easy source of food. When a bear comes into residential areas, the DNR advises people to take down feeders. It would make sense for residents with dogs to take extra precautions.


    no whats unfortunate is that individuals leave their dogs tighted/chained up, its Ur family member, do Ur children sleep outside, he is man’s best friend not a yawn ornament, U stop the killing by taking responsibility not blaming a wild animal for doing only what he/she knows to do, SURVIVE, WE AS HUMANS BEING NEED 2 LEARN RESPECT & COMPASSION OF ALL LIVING BEINGS, not try 2 b in control of the way things we’re not suppose to b, what gives any1 the right 2 end a life, every living being has the right 2 live its life!!! know ur role, ur not GOD who calls his children home, so STOP RETURNING 2 SENDER