DNR: Farm losses not primary reason for wolf hunt
Sun, 10 Nov 2013 00:14:53 GMT —
State officials say the decision to establish a wolf hunting season in Michigan was not influenced primarily by a large number of livestock losses on a western Upper Peninsula farm.
Michigan's first authorized wolf hunt since the animal went on the endangered species list four decades ago will begin Nov. 15. Twelve hundred hunters have purchased tags allowing them to take part, although just 43 wolves will be killed.
Department of Natural Resources officials said Friday the hunt is intended to reduce conflicts between humans and wolves, particularly farmers whose livestock have been attacked.
They acknowledged that Ontonagon County farmer John Koski has reported far more attacks than any other farmer. But DNR biologist Brian Roell said the hunt wasn't based solely on Koski's losses.