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Michigan lawmakers consider opening door for a wolf hunting season

Gray wolves in the Great Lakes region came off the endangered species list this past January. There are about 700 wolves in Michigan now. A decade ago, there were just under 300.

Now, state lawmakers are considering legislation to make gray wolves a game species in Michigan. That would open the door to a possible hunting and trapping season for wolves.

Adam Bump is the Bear and Furbearer Specialist with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. He says most of the wolves are in the western Upper Peninsula and that’s causing some conflicts with people.

“Wolves are something people are very passionate about one way or another. We have residents in the U.P. that would just as soon not see any wolves in the U.P. and would very much like to see a season, and to see wolf numbers reduced. We have others in the U.P. that I think would be very happy if we never implemented any harvest season and didn’t kill any wolves unless absolutely necessary.”

Read the entire article on michiganradio.org: Michigan lawmakers consider opening door for a wolf hunting season

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