Public comment needed for first wolf council meeting

The newest iteration of the Wolf Management Advisory Council is set to hold its first meeting Wednesday in Ishpeming.

Public comments can be made in person or via email by emailing DNR employee Victoria Lischalk, executive assistant to the Wolf Management Advisory Council, at

The meeting is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at River Rock Lanes and Banquet Center located at 1011 North Road, Ishpeming, 49849. MUCC will attempt to livestream the meeting; however, streaming will be dependent on internet capabilities at the banquet center.

If you plan to provide public testimony in conjunction with several other people from the same organization, please consider designating one person as the spokesperson for your group. In this circumstance, the individual will be given 10 minutes to speak. Please note your intention to speak on behalf of an organization or multiple people when emailing Victoria.

Those who sign up for public comment by this Friday will receive five minutes to speak. Those who sign up after Friday will receive three minutes. Any comments not related to an agenda item will be given three minutes.

Please read the agenda by clicking here.

Please read the public comment guidelines before submitting comments by clicking here.

MUCC Executive Director Amy Trotter was appointed to the council to represent conservation interests. A list of the other four members and their respective biographies can be found here.


  1. Del on July 29, 2021 at 4:34 pm

    I believe we need a hunt in the upper peninsula. Yesterday we went for a ride up the road and traced wolf prints following a doe and fawn. We have wolves all around us. They’re huge and plentiful. I do not advocate wiping them out. They are necessary to the life circle. Not, however, in the quantities we have.

  2. Mark Richards on July 29, 2021 at 4:39 pm

    We used to have a lot of deer in our neighborhood, now we have 1 doe an she just had twin fawns. Now we have 3. Most deer go to town from what I see. Only chance they have.

  3. Gary Bussen on July 29, 2021 at 6:37 pm

    The wolves need managed just as any predators do to balance the population. Include trapping in the plan it’s the most cost effective.

  4. Chris Wetton on July 29, 2021 at 7:10 pm

    Hi everyone,
    It’s definitely time for one of the nation’s top wildlife agencies, the Michigan DNR, to show us how to manage wildlife scientifically.

    Thank you

  5. Michael Zimmerman on July 30, 2021 at 1:26 am

    I’ve been hunting deer since 1962 in the UP. I’ve never seen such few deer. I’m outside the largest part of my day as I have a farm. Not only few deer sightings but few deer tracks also. Our winters have been generally lighter, aggressive forest harvesting promoting tender brows and fewer hunters should mean more deer. Not the case. Why? Way too many predators! The wolf leads the pack. The “experts” state the wolf is the ultimate predator in the UP so it is obvious a reduction in the wolf population is required. S

  6. Willam Nankervis on July 30, 2021 at 9:16 am

    We do need wolf hunt cuz one day a wolf we’ll kill a samll kid or pet

  7. John Bianga on July 30, 2021 at 1:25 pm

    They need a wolf hunt in the U.P. . The wolfs has decimated the deer heard.

    • Rich Sowards on August 1, 2021 at 4:58 pm

      Need a wolf season ASAP

  8. Leon on July 30, 2021 at 7:09 pm

    Wolf’s need to be managed just like everything else

  9. Ronald Deviley on July 30, 2021 at 8:34 pm

    Wolves need to be controlled a hunt is the only way .

  10. Kathleen Peterson on February 10, 2022 at 8:48 pm

    Wolves are not the serious problem as some think. Living in rural Ontonagon, I’ve seen one adult and one pup over the period of 5 years.

    I believe it is the hunters who want one more animal to hunt. There is not a shortage of deer in the UP or anywhere in Michigan.

    Small lap dogs or any small critter can expect to be eaten by any preditor, whether eagle, hawk, coyote, or even wolf.

    I want Michigan’s DNR recommends to our state and federal Congress to protect our wolves.

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