The Michigan United Conservation Clubs has honored three biologists with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources for work that helped lead to establishment of a wolf hunting season in the Upper Peninsula.
The organization is an outspoken supporter of hunting wolves, which some conservation groups oppose and are seeking a statewide vote to stop. The state Natural Resources Commission has scheduled a hunting and trapping season for this fall.
MUCC honored Adam Bump, Brian Roell and Dean Beyer as Conservationists of the Year.
Bump is the DNR's furbearer specialist in Lansing. Roell is a Marquette-based wolf specialist. Beyer also works out of Marquette and is the state's lead researcher on predator-prey relations.
MUCC says all three helped ensure that wolf management decisions would be based on solid science.