A wolf control program worker has killed two wolves that were living in a residential neighborhood in the Upper Peninsula.
Brian Roell of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources says that the worker with the U.S. Department of Agriculture program recently killed the animals.
"With the Endangered Species Act there is a way for wildlife agencies to remove animals if they're viewed as a human safety risk," said Roell. "At any time, if there is an immediate threat to human life, somebody can kill a wolf, but this incident was a non-immediate threat."
Complaints about wolves in Gogebic County's Ironwood Township included them feeding on a deer carcass in February about 40 feet from a home.
Roell says that the DNR thoroughly examines each case to decide the best possible solution. DNR officials tried non-lethal methods to persuade the wolves to leave, but reports kept coming in.
People living in the area tried noise-making devices, people yelling at the wolves and even warning shots with personal firearms to get the wolves to leave.
Roell and other DNR officers researched the wolf pack that the two wolves belonged to and determined that these two wolves were the ones causing the most unrest in Ironwood.
"There is one other animal that continues to come to town, and the hope is that the animal ceases that activity after two members of the pack were destroyed," Roell said.
This isn't the first time this type of incident has occurred, but it is the first wolf removal in 2011.
After being driven to virtual extinction in Michigan, the state's wolves have rebounded over the past two decades, aided by protections under the federal Endangered Species Act.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.