Senator Tom Casperson is citing recent incidents of possible wolf predation as proof that the state needs scientific wolf management.
"The recent wolf attacks, which have occurred every few days, underscore the need for scientific wolf management in the Upper Peninsula," said Senator Casperson.
He cites recent attacks in the Engadine area, Schoolcraft County, and Chippewa County. One of these attacks includes the death of two bear hounds, according to the Department of Natural Resources.
Recent Reported AttacksOctober 10 - 1 steer killed at Engadine area farmOctober 12 - 2 dogs killed and 2 injured in Schoolcraft County (Bear Hounds)October 13 - 1 steer killed at an Engadine area farmOctober 16 - 1 dog killed and 1 injured in Chippewa CountyOctober 16 - 1 pig killed at an Engadine area farm
The Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the reported attacks listed above, and they added that Engadine is located in a current area listed for the upcoming wolf hunt. The wolf hunting season is scheduled to take place between November 15 and December 31, and is allowing 43 wolves to be killed in three separate units.
Unit A - Gogebic County in the far western Upper Peninsula - 16 wolvesUnit B - portions of Baraga, Houghton, Ontonagon and Gogebic counties - 19 wolvesUnit C - portions of Luce and Mackinac counties - 8 wolves
Senator Casperson cites a recent poll by Marketing Resource Group and Mitchell Research and Communication that shows 67 percent of the 600 residents polled support the hunt, saying that Michigan residents "overwhelmingly support a limited wolf hunt."
According to the DNR, 25 percent of the wolf hunting licenses were purchased by Upper Michigan residents, which is a larger representation than other license sales from the U.P., which is roughly 8 percent on average.