Wednesday, March 4, 2015

DNR seeks public comment on wolf management plan

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is seeking public comment March 4 through April 3 regarding the management of wolves in the state.

The request follows the department’s completion of a draft update of the 2008 Michigan Wolf Management Plan, which was created using extensive public input to identify important issues and assess public attitudes toward wolves and their management, according to a statement released Wednesday.

The request follows a recent mandate by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and federal court rulings to restore protected status to gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region. Bills have been introduced by Wisconsin legislators to overturn that protected status and hand management back over to the states.

The DNR states that the four principal goals within the plan — which remain the same in the updated version — are to maintain a viable wolf population, facilitate wolf-related benefits, minimize wolf-related conflicts and conduct science-based and socially acceptable management of wolves.

DNR seeks public comment on wolf management plan

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Michigan appeals federal wolf decision | Michigan Radio

Michigan has joined the appeal of a federal judge’s decision to restore endangered species protections to the gray wolf.

Animal rights and wildlife groups challenged the de-listing in an effort to stop wolf hunting in Michigan and other Midwestern states. Michigan voters rejected wolf hunting last year – although that referendum was circumvented by the Legislature. However, wildlife groups succeeded in court where they failed politically when a federal judge last month restored the protections.

Ed Golder of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources says the protections extend beyond hunting.

Michigan appeals federal wolf decision | Michigan Radio

Wolf Sighting in Livingston County

Matt M
Belleville, MI

Date of Sighting: Friday, February 20, 2015
Time of Sighting: 1500

Livingston County

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Michigan's mysterious, misunderstood coywolves

Phil Myers had heard the stories from Cheboygan County farmers: Tales of odd, oversized animals that looked bigger than a coyote, but smaller than a wolf, and hunted in packs — and how strange they sounded.

He wanted to hear for himself.

Wolves are known to have a rendezvous point where, in the evening, individual wolves that may be sleeping all over get together as a pack to go off hunting, said Myers, a now-retired professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Michigan. Based at U-M's Biological Station in Cheboygan County, researchers had found dens, and what they thought was a rendezvous point.

So, one night last August, Myers parked his pickup about a quarter-mile from the spot and listened.

"As the full moon goes up above the jackpines, one of these things starts howling — it wasn't the yipping of a coyote or the full voice of a wolf; but a hoarse, sustained call," he said.

Michigan's mysterious, misunderstood coywolves

Wolf Sighting in Roscommon County

Daniel U

Date of Sighting: February 21, 2015
Time of Sighting: 1:30 p.m.

Roscommon County

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Wolf Sighting in Cheboygan County

Pat C

Date of Sighting:  2/19/15

Cheboygan County

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Wolf Sighting in Berrien County

Jill Vi
Cassopolis, M

Date of Sighting: Monday, February 16, 2015
Time of Sighting: 9:30 a.m.

Berrien County

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