According to an article published in Detroit Free Press, licenses to participate in Michigan's first wolf hunt in modern times went on sale at noon on Sept. 28, 2013. As if more than 50,000 stray dogs in Detroit aren't enough, apparently the wolf population in Michigan's Upper Peninsula is rising to a level perceived by legislators as dangerous.
The Sept. 28, 2013, article in the Detroit Free Press cites the Department of Natural Resources, stating, "1,200 licenses will be available beginning at noon [Sept. 28,2013]. They'll cost $100 each for Michigan residents and $500 for out-of-state residents". An article published later by The Detroit News quotes DNR spokesman Ed Golder: "As of 5 p.m., the DNR had sold more than 1,100 of the licenses."
The Natural Resources Commission has scheduled the hunt for Nov. 15 through Dec. 31, during which time 43 wolves can be killed in seven Upper Peninsula counties. The goal is to remove 43 from the population of the 658 wolves living in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, where wolves are reportedly preying on domestic livestock.
According to Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the rules of the hunt prohibit baiting and require that each hunter kill only one wolf per season. Each kill must be reported by phone the same day and the carcass must be brought to a DNR check station within 72 hours. At that time, the pelt is branded or "sealed" and must remain so until it has been processed or tanned. The DNR collects one tooth from each wolf carcass for genetic testing and age determination. (Source: Michigan Department of Natural Resources)
A Humane Society-backed group, Keep Michigan Wolves Protected, is working tirelessly to place two proposals on the Nov. 2014 ballot to void the state laws. According to the group's website, they are seeking endorsements and 225,000 petition signatures. For up-to-date information on how you can help make this the last legal wolf hunt, visit Keep Michigan Wolves Protected Facebook page.
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