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      Dog killed by wolves


      UPDATED Tuesday, January 5 11:08 a.m.

      Check out another related story about wolves in the UP from Monday night.

      Click here to read the story.


      UPDATED Monday, January 4 9:08 a.m.

      We just uploaded a two and a half minute interview we had with Dan Perry, the owner of the dog that was killed by a wolf while hunting.

      Warning, this video contains mature language.

      Click here to watch.


      UPDATED Thursday, December 31 7:15 p.m.

      It's the story of a man and his dog.

      On Wednesday, Dan Perry, his brother and dog, Lilo, were hunting rabbits on the south side of the Seney Stretch when their day in the woods was cut short.

      Lilo was hot-on-the-trail of a rabbit, barking and barking. The barking turned to a single squeal, and then...silence.

      "I yelled to my brother that there's something wrong, and I took off. And by the time I got through the brush and up into the clearing, I seen the wolf tracks, and I thought...I knew in my heart that they had killed her already," explains Dan.

      It's a case of man's best friend in the wrong place at the wrong time. The attack happened about 10 miles east of Shingleton, just west of Walsh Grade Road. Dan saw the wolf tracks, but by the time he found Lilo, the wolves were gone.

      "I would have shot them. I would have shot every one of them I would have seen. That's just the way I feel. That's the way I feel right now too," says Dan.

      According to Michigan law, if you see a gray wolf attacking a pet, livestock, etc., you can kill it. But there's a Federal law in place that trumps that. The gray wolf is an endangered species. You can't touch them, except in the defense of human life, but not of a pet or another animal.

      "The bottom line here is the Department of Natural Resources is just as frustrated as many of your viewers when it comes to the control of wolves. We do not have the authority. They are on the United States Federal Endangered Species List. It is under the control of the US Fish and Wildlife Service as far as control of wolves. Period," explains Stacy Welling, UP Field Deputy for the DNR.

      The Department of Natural Resources believes there were three wolves involved in this territorial kill. Lilo was just a hunting dog and a family pet. But now that the UP wolf population is well over 500, Dan is wondering if the woods are safe for people.

      "I had three rabbits in my back pouch. What's to say if I would have had my grandson when he gets older and he was carrying the rabbits for me...what's to say that they wouldn't have went after him because he's in their territory?"


      UPDATED Thursday, December 31 2:45 p.m.

      The attack happened approximately 10 miles east of Shingleton on the south side of the Seney Stretch, just west of the Walsh Grade Road, according to the owner of the dog.


      UPDATED Thursday, December 31 10:42 a.m.

      The owner of the dog that was killed in the probable wolf attack has released pictures to and urged us to share them with our visitors.

      We warn that these pictures are graphic and show the deceased dog and the puncture wounds.

      Click here to view the three photos in a slideshow.

      We will be staying on top of this story and providing you with more information as we get it. Be sure to tune in to the TV6 and FOX UP newscasts Thursday night for exclusive interviews with the owner of the dog and DNR officials. And as always, check back on for the very latest.


      UPDATED Thursday, December 31 9:09 a.m.

      In light of the recent probable wolf attack that killed a dog which was near the owner, what do you think should be done with wolf protection regulations?

      We want to know your opinion.

      Click here to vote in our poll and enter the discussion.


      UPDATED Wednesday, December 30 6:47 p.m.

      A Department of Natural Resources official confirms that a dog killed near the Seney Stretch on Wednesday was likely killed by a wolf or wolves.

      The dog, a 13-inch beagle, had ventured about 40-60 yards away from its owner who was snowshoe hare hunting when the dog was apparently attacked.

      The owner, a Munising man, didn't see the attack, but said his dog suddenly let out a high-pitched bark. The man found the dog's bloody carcass moments later.

      Terry Minzie, the DNR's Eastern U.P. Wildlife Supervisor, inspected the carcass Wednesday afternoon.

      "It appears it was probably wolves," said Minzie. "You can tell by the size of the punctures of the two canine teeth, and we know that we've had a pack of wolves in this area for several years."

      The attack occurred about midway between Shingleton and Seney.

      The grey wolf is on the U.S. List of Endangered Species.

      It's estimated that as many as 600 wolves may now live in the Upper Peninsula. Twenty years ago, there were apparently none living here.