The Department of Natural Resources has confirmed that at least five beagles were killed by wolves this month in the eastern Upper Peninsula.
The DNR says that they received photographs of at least five beagles that were claimed to have been killed by wolves around August 6. The beagles were being trained for hunting near Rudyard by a group from Ohio.
When the DNR arrived at the location of the incident there was no evidence, but they were able to confirm the depredation through the photographic evidence.
The Ohio resident that contacted the DNR claimed that nine of his beagles were lost in the wolf attack. One beagle that had gone missing during the training turned up at the Sault Ste. Marie animal control office. According to the DNR, the owner of the dog was contacted, but declined to take his dog back, stating that it should go to a good home.
The DNR says that this time of year is when wolf packs utilize rendezvous sites where pups are left while the rest of the adults go hunting. The DNR could not confirm whether or not this had any connection to this particular incident.
The Michigan DNR encourages people interested in training dogs in Upper Michigan to contact them regarding wolf depredation in the area by calling a local DNR office.
This particular wolf attack occurred in Chippewa County, which is not listed as an area allowed in the upcoming wolf hunting season. The DNR says that incidents such as this wolf attack are taken into consideration when determining future wolf hunting areas to be targeted.
The 2013 wolf hunt is slated to take place from November 15 to December 31, or until the harvest limit of 43 wolves is reached. The DNR says that the 1,200 wolf hunting licenses will go on sale starting September 28. The licenses were originally set to go on sale on August 4, but the DNR wanted to ensure that systems were capable of handling a suspected high demand for the licenses.