Ironwood to Have Wolf Hunting Season
Posted at: 05/09/2013 8:21 PM
| Updated at: 05/10/2013 8:57 AM
ROSCOMMON, Mich. (AP) - A state board has voted to allow a 6-week hunting season this year in which up to 43 wolves can be killed in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
The seven-member Natural Resources commission approved the hunt at a Thursday afternoon meeting in Roscommon. State wildlife regulators recommended the plan.
The regulations create three Wolf Management Units (WMU):
- WMU A in Gogebic County, including Ironwood – target harvest of 16 wolves
- WMU B in portions of Baraga, Houghton, Ontonagon and Gogebic counties – target harvest of 19 wolves
- WMU C in portions of Luce and Mackinac counties – target harvest of eight wolves.
The wolf hunting season would open Nov. 15 and end Dec. 31 unless the target harvest is reached sooner.
Michigan becomes the sixth state to authorize hunting wolves since federal regulations were lifted over the past two years in the western Great Lakes and the Northern Rockies.
About 1,100 wolves have been killed by hunters and trappers in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. About 658 of the animals are believed to be roaming remote areas in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
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