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      Wolf hunt licenses sold out

      Licenses went on sale Saturday to people that want to participate in Michigan's first wolf hunt in modern times.

      Licenses went on sale noon Saturday to people that want to participate in Michigan's first wolf hunt in modern times.

      By 2:05pm Saturday, all of the 1,200 licenses were sold across the state, 960 of them in the first hour.

      Michigan residents were charged $100 for each license, while out-of-state residents paid $500 for a license.

      The Natural Resources Commission is allowing 43 wolves to be killed in seven Upper Peninsula counties. Hunters who get a wolf must report it by day's end. Others must check daily to make sure the quota isn't exceeded.

      Although a controversial issue, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) says this is necessary to keep the wolf population under control. Hunting areas and the number of wolves to be harvested was determined through population studies completed by a wold management specialist and local biologists. They studied the number of conflicts/density of conflicts in certain areas. Where there are concentrated problems the limited harvest count should help to prevent problems and also aid to perpetuate the wolf problem into the future.

      "Wolves are native to Michigan and they are certainly part of the biological community, however, being able to harvest a certain amount of wolves gives us the ability to manage that population and prevent human wolf conflicts," said Steve Griffin, a Wildlife Habitat Biologist for the DNR. "That's the intention - to have wolf hunts as a tool to manage the wolf population at a level where it can coincide with the human interests and biological interests of the U.P."

      The wolf hunting season is scheduled for Nov. 15 through Dec. 31.