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Ironwood Wolf Hunt Proposed

Posted at: 04/10/2013 12:32 PM
Updated at: 04/10/2013 3:23 PM
By: JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer

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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - Michigan environmental regulators say they want to let hunters kill several dozen wolves this fall in three areas of the Upper Peninsula where they say other measures have failed to stop attacks on livestock and pets.

One of the three areas is in Gogebic County, including the City and Township of Ironwood.  The DNR has recorded 91 complaints of nuisance wolf behavior in the area since 2010, including wolves chasing dogs in residential areas and wolves traveling in close proximity to children.

The second area would include portions of Baraga, Ontonagon, Houghton, and Gogebic Counties, and the third area would include portions of Luce and Mackinac Counties in the central UP.

The Department of Natural Resources is scheduled to propose the hunt Thursday during a meeting of the Michigan Natural Resources Commission. The seven-member panel sets Michigan's hunting policies, including season lengths and locations.

DNR biologist Adam Bump says the proposed hunt aims to reduce conflicts with humans without affecting the U.P.'s overall wolf population.

Wolf-hunting opponents are seeking a 2014 referendum on a new law designating wolves as game animals. But regardless of the outcome, legislation introduced in the state Senate this week still might let the commission permit wolf hunting.

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