wolves http://michiganradio.org en Looking at the results of Michigan's wolf hunt http://michiganradio.org/post/looking-results-michigans-wolf-hunt <p>The 45-day wolf hunting season that began November 15 inflamed passions, both pro and con.</p><p>Now that the first-ever wolf hunt is wrapped up, what were the results?</p><p><a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2014/04/michigan_wolf_hunt_from_first-.html">John Barnes explored the impact of the hunt in a recent piece for&nbsp;MLive</a>, which breaks down the ages of the 22 wolves killed over the course of the hunt. He joined us on Stateside today (you can listen to the audio above).</p> Mon, 05 May 2014 20:59:52 +0000 Stateside Staff 17482 at http://michiganradio.org Looking at the results of Michigan's wolf hunt Isle Royale wolf that crossed ice bridge was shot with pellet gun http://michiganradio.org/post/isle-royale-wolf-crossed-ice-bridge-was-shot-pellet-gun <p>A wolf that fled from Isle Royale National Park over an ice bridge was found dead on the Minnesota mainland last month.</p><p>Researchers were unsure how the wolf died at the time, but a necropsy found that the five-year-old female wolf was shot with a pellet gun.</p><p>Lee Berquist of the <a href="http://www.jsonline.com/news/wisconsin/wolf-who-left-isle-royale-over-ice-died-of-pellet-wound-b99225646z1-250370211.html">Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel</a> has more:</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 21:48:30 +0000 Mark Brush 16857 at http://michiganradio.org Isle Royale wolf that crossed ice bridge was shot with pellet gun People defending wolves need to fight fairly http://michiganradio.org/post/people-defending-wolves-need-fight-fairly <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I thought the wolf hunt last year was unnecessary and barbaric, and was forced on the public by underhanded means.</span></p><p>I think hunting wolves for sport should again be outlawed. But I have to say I disagree with the way those against hunting wolves want to get a proposal put on the ballot, and I hope they lose in federal court.&nbsp; I’ll explain in a few moments.</p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 14:56:38 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 16425 at http://michiganradio.org People defending wolves need to fight fairly Ice bridge to Isle Royale is complete, will new wolves cross it? http://michiganradio.org/post/ice-bridge-isle-royale-complete-will-new-wolves-cross-it <p>The last time I checked, the ice bridge to Isle Royale had not fully formed, but there's an ice bridge now.</p><p>Michigan Technological University's Rolf Peterson confirmed it in an e-mail to me last night.</p><p><em>"There's been a good ice bridge for the past 10 days."</em></p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 20:02:14 +0000 Mark Brush 16351 at http://michiganradio.org Ice bridge to Isle Royale is complete, will new wolves cross it? Wolf researchers keeping an eye on a potential ice bridge to Isle Royale http://michiganradio.org/post/wolf-researchers-keeping-eye-potential-ice-bridge-isle-royale <p><strong>Update: Friday, February 7, 2014</strong></p><p>The ice bridge to Isle Royale has formed. See our post <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/ice-bridge-isle-royale-complete-will-new-wolves-cross-it">here</a>.</p><p><strong>Original post: January 9, 2014</strong></p><p>Wolves first came to Isle Royale in Lake Superior by crossing an ice bridge in the late&nbsp;1940s, but these ice bridges have not been forming as often in recent years and the wolf population on Isle Royale has been suffering as a result.</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 18:38:49 +0000 Mark Brush 15952 at http://michiganradio.org Wolf researchers keeping an eye on a potential ice bridge to Isle Royale Cattle farmer from the Upper Peninsula charged with animal cruelty http://michiganradio.org/post/cattle-farmer-upper-peninsula-charged-animal-cruelty <p>According to John Barnes of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2013/12/michigan_wolf_hunt_farmer_char.html#incart_m-rpt-2">MLive.com</a>, a cattle farmer who has "the state's highest number of reported wolf attacks" was charged with animal cruelty.</p><p>John Koski is from Bessemer, in Ontonagon County in the Upper Peninsula. He was charged with a misdemeanor, which is "punishable by up to one year in jail and a $2,000 fine." His hearing is on December 17.</p><p>The charge involved Koski's treatment of "guard donkeys." Three guard donkeys were provided to Koski&nbsp;by the by the state to protect his cattle.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Donkeys are used because they aren't afraid of canines and have a "powerful&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">double-hooved</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;kick."</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Koski is accused of "neglecting two &nbsp;donkeys provided by the state that died. A third was removed from the farm because of ill health, officials said."</span></p><p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 17:55:31 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15625 at http://michiganradio.org Cattle farmer from the Upper Peninsula charged with animal cruelty At least 11 wolves killed in Michigan hunt http://michiganradio.org/post/least-11-wolves-killed-michigan-hunt <p style="margin-top: 9px; margin-bottom: 9px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; color: rgb(68, 78, 92); font-family: Georgia, serif; line-height: normal;">LANSING, Mich. (AP) — At least 11 wolves have been killed during Michigan's wolf hunt in the Upper Peninsula.</p><p style="margin-top: 9px; margin-bottom: 9px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; color: rgb(68, 78, 92); font-family: Georgia, serif; line-height: normal;">The state Department of Natural Resources updated the results Monday. The wolf season started on Nov. 15 and runs through December, unless 43 are killed before the end of the year.</p><p style="margin-top: 9px; margin-bottom: 9px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; color: rgb(68, 78, 92); font-family: Georgia, serif; line-height: normal;">It's the first hunt in Michigan since the wolf was placed on the endangered species list nearly 40 years ago. A total of 1,200 people are licensed to participate with firearm, crossbow or bow and arrow.</p><p style="margin-top: 9px; margin-bottom: 9px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; color: rgb(68, 78, 92); font-family: Georgia, serif; line-height: normal;">The DNR had estimated the state's wolf population at 658.</p><p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 15:33:00 +0000 The Associated Press 15421 at http://michiganradio.org At least 11 wolves killed in Michigan hunt The clock is ticking for a decision on Isle Royale's wolves http://michiganradio.org/post/clock-ticking-decision-isle-royales-wolves <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wolves are doing fine in many parts of the Upper Midwest, so much so that people are <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-153-10370_12145_12205-32569--,00.html">hunting </a>them now.</span></p><p>But a protected population of wolves on Isle Royale National Park in Lake Superior has plummeted.</p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 18:17:38 +0000 Mark Brush 15344 at http://michiganradio.org The clock is ticking for a decision on Isle Royale's wolves Michigan's first regulated wolf hunt is now underway http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-first-regulated-wolf-hunt-now-underway <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The season will run </span><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/illegal-wolf-kills-spiking-michigans-upper-peninsula" style="line-height: 1.5;">from Nov. 15 until Dec. 31 — unless 43 of the state’s estimated 658 wolves are killed before</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> the end of December. That’s the limit set by Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources.</span></p><p>But MDNR&nbsp;officials suggest that the odds will not be in the hunters’ favor.</p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 18:35:01 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15305 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's first regulated wolf hunt is now underway Story of wolves shot on daycare property not true, Michigan State Senator apologizes http://michiganradio.org/post/story-wolves-shot-daycare-property-not-true-michigan-state-senator-apologizes <p>Here's the wolf&nbsp;story as it appeared <a href="http://media.mlive.com/news_impact/other/Senate%20resolution.pdf">in a 2011 resolution</a> asking Congress to remove federal protections for wolves in the western Great Lakes region.</p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 20:41:29 +0000 Mark Brush 15185 at http://michiganradio.org Story of wolves shot on daycare property not true, Michigan State Senator apologizes MDNR official says he misspoke when talking about Michigan wolves http://michiganradio.org/post/mdnr-official-says-he-misspoke-when-talking-about-michigan-wolves <div><p>On yesterday's program, we spoke with MLive writer John Barnes about his series of stories this week on the upcoming managed-wolf hunt in the Upper Peninsula. The managed hunt is a first for Michigan.</p></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>During the interview, John Barnes referred to a statement made by the MDNR's fur-bearer specialist, Adam Bump.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In an interview last May with Michigan Radio's Steve Carmody, Bump&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">told him&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">about ways in which wolves were frightening residents of Ironwood, in the Upper Peninsula, but in speaking with John Barnes,Bump said he </span>misspoke<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Adam Bump joins us to explain just how that happened.</span></div><p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 21:31:25 +0000 Stateside Staff 15142 at http://michiganradio.org MDNR official says he misspoke when talking about Michigan wolves Report calls reasons for Michigan wolf hunt 'half-truths and falsehoods' http://michiganradio.org/post/report-calls-reasons-michigan-wolf-hunt-half-truths-and-falsehoods <p>John Barnes, a reporter at <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2013/11/michigans_wolf_hunt_how_half_t.html#incart_2box">MLive, </a>described the reasons given for characterizing the push for a hunt in that way.</p><p>One falsehood he found was a quote given to Michigan Radio's Steve Carmody by a Michigan Department of Natural Resources official last May.</p><p>Carmody wanted to know if the town of Ironwood, Michigan <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/are-people-ironwood-really-afraid-wolves-part-2">really was afraid of wolves</a>, after State Senator Tom Casperson&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.333333015441895px; line-height: 22px;">(R-Escanaba) said the town was "living in fear" of the wolves.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Carmody spoke with Adam Bump, a Bear and Furbearer Speicialist with the MDNR. Here's what Bump said:</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Bump now says he </span>misspoke<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Michigan Radio tried to reach Bump for a comment, but he was not available to us.</span></p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">During </span><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/questioning-claims-made-michigans-wolf-hunt-advocates" style="line-height: 1.5;">an interview on today's Stateside</a></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, John Barnes said Bump was confused during the interview.</span></p><p>"He was thinking about a separate incident that did not even occur in Michigan. It occurred in Denver. It had to do with a book he was reading, and he just tripped over his words, he says. And did not mean to infer that wolves are showing no fear of humans. In fact, we checked, and there's no such incident that has been recorded like that in the city of Ironwood. And Adam acknowledges that he made a mistake on that," said Barnes.</p><p><strong>One farmer, many wolf kill reports</strong></p><p>Barnes also writes about other problems with the argument for a hunt, including the fact that one farmer in Michigan's Upper Peninsula "accounted for more cattle killed and injured than all other farmers in the years the DNR&nbsp;reviewed."</p><p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 18:02:55 +0000 Mark Brush 15114 at http://michiganradio.org Report calls reasons for Michigan wolf hunt 'half-truths and falsehoods' Wolf hunt licenses go on sale Saturday, while hunt opponents plan busy weekend too. http://michiganradio.org/post/wolf-hunt-licenses-go-sale-saturday-while-hunt-opponents-plan-busy-weekend-too <p>Beginning tomorrow, Michigan hunters will start laying down $100 for a license to hunt wolves in the Upper Peninsula this fall. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>State wildlife officials admit they don&rsquo;t know if the wolf hunt licenses will sell out. &nbsp;&nbsp;The licenses will be available for hunters as young as 10 years old and from out of state.&nbsp;</p><p>1,200 licenses are being sold for the wolf hunt which starts November 15.</p><p>It&rsquo;s the first wolf hunt since the gray wolf rebounded from near extinction in the Upper Peninsula.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>But along with people buying wolf hunting licenses, there will be people working this weekend to protect the wolves.</p><p>Jill Fritz is with Keep Michigan Wolves Protected.&nbsp; Her group is collecting signatures on a petition to put a challenge to the wolf hunt law on next year&rsquo;s ballot.</p><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re encountering an enthusiastic public everywhere we go.&nbsp; Whether we&rsquo;re out in front of a library in Marquette or at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids,&rdquo; says Fritz.&nbsp;</p><p>The Department of Natural Resources has set a goal of killing 43 wolves in this fall&rsquo;s hunt.&nbsp; The hunt will take place in 3 separate zones in the Upper Peninsula.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Supporters say the U.P.&rsquo;s growing wolf population is threatening livestock and household pets. Detractors complain the hunt will indiscriminately kill wolves and may make wolf attacks on livestock more common.</span></p><p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 04:48:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 14611 at http://michiganradio.org Wolf hunt licenses go on sale Saturday, while hunt opponents plan busy weekend too. Wolf hunt opponents launch 2nd petition drive to ban the hunt http://michiganradio.org/post/wolf-hunt-opponents-launch-2nd-petition-drive-ban-hunt <p>A new petition drive is being launched to stop Michigan from holding a wolf hunt.</p><p></p><p>Last winter, more than a quarter million people signed petitions to put a ban on wolf hunting on the November, 2014 ballot.</p><p></p><p>But, state lawmakers passed a second law circumventing the petition, opening the door for a wolf hunt this fall. Thus the need for a second referendum petition drive.</p><p></p><p>Wayne Pacelle is the president of the Humane Society of the United States. He expects they will easily collect more than 200 thousand signatures.</p><p></p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 16:08:50 +0000 Steve Carmody 13935 at http://michiganradio.org Wolf hunt opponents launch 2nd petition drive to ban the hunt Should hunting wolves be allowed in Michigan? You'll see another petition drive this summer http://michiganradio.org/post/should-hunting-wolves-be-allowed-michigan-youll-see-another-petition-drive-summer <p>The petition drive to put a second referendum challenging a Michigan law that allows wolf hunting can go ahead.</p><p>A state elections board has approved the form of the petition today.</p><p>Now the campaign can start gathering signatures to put the question on the November 2014 ballot.</p><p>If the campaign succeeds, it will be the second hunting referendum on next year’s ballot.</p><p>The first challenges an earlier wolf hunting law.</p><p>Jill Fritz is with the Keep Michigan Wolves Protected campaign. She says the second hunting law was passed with a specific purpose.</p><p>“And that was to stop our referendum from maintaining protection for Michigan’s wolves. We all know that,” said Fritz. “Everybody understands that, and that’s why we’re doing the second referendum.”</p><p>Opponents of the referendum on the hunting law asked the panel to strip any mention of wolf hunting from the summary on the petition describing what it would do. They said the hunting law encompasses more than wolves.</p><p>The request was refused.</p><p>Kent Wood is with the Michigan Wildlife Coalition, which opposes the referendum drive.</p><p>“Really, truly, the next step for us is to continue to organize our campaign the signatures, our decline to sign campaign.”</p><p>Wood says a court challenge is not out of the question.</p><p>Despite these petition efforts, a wolf hunt is scheduled to take place this November. Fri, 12 Jul 2013 21:30:25 +0000 Rick Pluta 13515 at http://michiganradio.org Should hunting wolves be allowed in Michigan? You'll see another petition drive this summer Cute Michigan baby animals, we dare you to look away http://michiganradio.org/post/cute-michigan-baby-animals-we-dare-you-look-away <p>There were four baby peregrine falcons nesting on the roof of University Hospital at the end of April. The <a href="http://www.ur.umich.edu/update/archives/130604/falcons">University Record</a> reports this is the third year in a row that two falcons nested on the hospital roof.</p><p>A contest was held to name the babies. Today, the people running the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/universityofmichigan">University of Michigan's Facebook page</a> announced the winning names:</p><ul><li>Maize,</li><li>Blue,</li><li>Woodson,</li><li>and Howard.</li></ul><p>The images of the cute falcon babies got us wondering, 'what can be cuter than these things?'</p><p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 19:59:40 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13083 at http://michiganradio.org Cute Michigan baby animals, we dare you to look away Wolf hunt law headed for 2014 ballot http://michiganradio.org/post/wolf-hunt-law-headed-2014-ballot <p>A referendum to let voters decide the fate of a law that allows wolf hunts in northern Michigan will appear on the November 2014 ballot.</p><p>The campaign’s petitions to get on the ballot were certified today by a state elections board.</p><p>Jill Fritz leads the campaign <em>Keep Michigan Wolves Protected</em>.</p><p><strong>"</strong>We’re going to start our educational campaign to get the issue out there and educate the voters about the issue, and look forward to seeing the people of Michigan speak out against wolf hunting and trapping in the November-2014 election," Fritz said.</p><p>The ballot campaign still has to make a decision on what to do about a second law that allows the state to establish wolf hunts, including one to be held in November of this year.</p><p>It was passed by the Legislature and signed by Governor Rick Snyder after the petition drive was launched earlier this year.</p><p>Fritz says a lawsuit is not out of the question.</p><p>The law was passed as a way to help control wolves that have moved into populated parts of the western U.P. Wed, 22 May 2013 21:07:16 +0000 Jake Neher 12696 at http://michiganradio.org Wolf hunt law headed for 2014 ballot The controversy around a wolf hunt in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/controversy-around-wolf-hunt-michigan <p>Governor Rick Snyder has signed Senate Bill 288. That could clear the way for a wolf hunt in the Upper Peninsula.</p><p>His signature clears the way for the state's Natural Resources Commission to vote on a recommendation to hold a limited wolf hunt this fall in three parts of the UP.<br><br>The Governor told Michigan Radio's Lindsey Smith that he believes the NRC will base its decision on what he called "sound scientific principles."<br><br>"If you think about it, I think sound scientific principals are how we should decide these things, to make sure we are doing the proper environmental functions that protect whatever species we're talking about, so it's sustainable for the long term," said Snyder.</p><p>More than quarter of a million Michiganders&nbsp; signed a petition asking to put a wolf hunt proposal on the November 2014 ballot. And the coalition called <em>Keep Michigan Wolves Protected</em> says Senate Bill 288 is a deliberate attempt by lawmakers to circumvent their petition effort.<br><br>The Governor's response? Thu, 09 May 2013 20:36:30 +0000 Stateside Staff 12498 at http://michiganradio.org The controversy around a wolf hunt in Michigan Lawmakers hold hearing on bill that could circumvent wolf hunt vote http://michiganradio.org/post/lawmakers-hold-hearing-bill-could-circumvent-wolf-hunt-vote <p>A state House committee is holding a hearing on a measure that would change how hunting is managed in Michigan, and bypass a referendum on wolf hunting if it’s on the ballot next year.</p><p>Two questions have dominated the hearing on the bill.</p><ol><li>Whether hunting is an appropriate part of plans to manage wolves in the Upper Peninsula</li><li>Whether the Legislature should approve a new law to allow wolf hunts before the referendum.</li></ol><p>Ellie Mayes circulated petitions to put the referendum on the ballot.</p><p>“This is a subversion of democracy. The entire point of the bill is to do an end run around a referendum,” she said.</p><p>“It is possible for a minority to be silenced. In this case, the minority is very isolated.”</p><p>State Representative Ed McBroom (R-Escanaba) is from the western UP.</p><p>He says pets and livestock are endangered in pockets of the UP and how to manage that problem should not be a question that’s voted on by the entire state.</p><p>“This issue is isolated to the Upper Peninsula and the people of the UP are at great risk of being totally disenfranchised by the rest of the state of Michigan on an issue that’s critical on the future of our well-being,” said McBroom.</p><p>The anti-wolf hunting campaign says the Legislature should not ignore the wishes of 255,000 people who signed petitions to put the question on the ballot.</p><p>Petition circulator Judy Brock showed up to oppose the legislation.</p><p>“And I’m representing those people who signed the petition who wanted this issue to be put on the ballot. Everyone that signed the petition when we collected knew exactly what this was about, and wanted the opportunity to vote on the issue, and that’s being taken away from us,” she said.</p><p>The question would still be on the ballot once the petitions are certified by state elections officials. However, the results of the election would not stop a wolf hunt if a new law is adopted by the Legislature and signed by Governor Rick Snyder. Wed, 01 May 2013 12:28:02 +0000 Rick Pluta 12350 at http://michiganradio.org Lawmakers hold hearing on bill that could circumvent wolf hunt vote Michigan lawmakers one step closer to avoiding referendum on wolf hunt http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-lawmakers-one-step-closer-avoiding-referendum-wolf-hunt <p>The Michigan Senate has approved legislation that could circumvent a referendum on wolf hunting.</p><p>The bill would give a state commission the authority to name the wolf, or almost any other species, as a game species.</p><p>That's separate from the wolf-hunting law that is the target of a referendum drive. That referendum would appear on the November 2014 ballot once petitions signed by 250,000 voters are certified by a state elections board.</p><p><em>*This post will be updated.</em> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 17:18:50 +0000 Rick Pluta 12289 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan lawmakers one step closer to avoiding referendum on wolf hunt