gray wolf http://michiganradio.org en State elections board approves petition to allow wolf hunting in Michigan's UP http://michiganradio.org/post/state-elections-board-approves-petition-allow-wolf-hunting-michigans <p>A petition that would allow future wolf hunts in the Upper Peninsula is headed to the state Legislature.</p><p>The initiative would allow the hunts regardless of how two anti-wolf hunting referendums turn out.</p><p>A state elections board approved almost 300,000 petition signatures for the proposal today.</p><p>State lawmakers have 40 days to pass the measure. Otherwise, it will go on the statewide ballot in November.</p><p>Bob LaBrant is with the group that gathered the signatures. He says it’s clear the Legislature supports wolf hunting and will approve the measure.</p><p>“We think the Legislature, who’s already dealt with this subject twice only to be frustrated by referendums, will prevail in the end.”</p><p>The petition could still be challenged in court. Opponents of wolf hunting say it deals with too many issues unrelated to wolf hunting.</p><p><em>*This post has been updated.</em></p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:25:40 +0000 Jake Neher 18499 at http://michiganradio.org State elections board approves petition to allow wolf hunting in Michigan's UP Pollsters say a majority of Michiganders support a state sanctioned wolf hunt in the Upper Peninsula http://michiganradio.org/post/pollsters-say-majority-michiganders-support-state-sanctioned-wolf-hunt-upper-peninsula <p>Once again, pollsters say a majority of Michiganders support a state sanctioned wolf hunt in the Upper Peninsula.</p><p></p><p>Hunters killed 23 wolves last year in the state’s first official wolf hunt. State wildlife officials had set a goal of 43 wolves.</p><p></p><p>The controversial wolf hunt could be the subject of three questions on the November ballot.</p><p></p><p>A new poll by Marketing Resource Group of Lansing shows wolf hunt opponents may have more work to do to convince voters.</p><p></p> Sat, 05 Apr 2014 19:30:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17114 at http://michiganradio.org Pollsters say a majority of Michiganders support a state sanctioned wolf hunt in the Upper Peninsula Wolf hunt opponents making a final push to collect petition signatures http://michiganradio.org/post/wolf-hunt-opponents-making-final-push-collect-petition-signatures <p>Wolf hunt opponents plan to be out in force this weekend making a final push to collect signatures for a petition to put the wolf hunt question on the November ballot.</p><p></p><p>Jill Fritz is the director of the Keep Michigan Wolves Protected campaign. She admits they don’t know yet how many signatures they’ve collected so far.</p><p></p><p>“We won’t really know until we start to count them on March 5,” says Fritz. “But we do anticipate turning in enough signatures to qualify for the ballot.”</p><p></p> Sat, 01 Mar 2014 15:36:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16668 at http://michiganradio.org Wolf hunt opponents making a final push to collect petition signatures Isle Royale wolf dies after escaping http://michiganradio.org/post/isle-royale-wolf-dies-after-escaping <p>TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - A scientist says one of the few remaining gray wolves of Isle Royale National Park has been found dead after escaping to the mainland across a Lake Superior ice bridge.</p><p>Michigan Technological University biologist Rolf Peterson tells The Associated Press on Tuesday that the 5-year-old female's body was discovered this month along the lakeshore on the Grand Portage Indian Reservation in northeastern Minnesota.</p><p>Peterson says the wolf wore a radio collar and its serial numbers confirmed her identity. Scientists had nicknamed her "Isabelle."</p><p>The cause of her death is unknown. Peterson says she apparently wasn't shot. She was wounded last year in attacks by other wolves.</p><p>Scientists hoped that mainland wolves would migrate to Isle Royale across ice bridges this winter but none have. The island's population now totals nine.</p><p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 16:36:26 +0000 The Associated Press 16596 at http://michiganradio.org Isle Royale wolf dies after escaping 'Problem' wolves killed in U.P. hunt, DNR says http://michiganradio.org/post/problem-wolves-killed-hunt-dnr-says <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials say most of the wolves killed in the recent Upper Peninsula hunt probably belonged to packs that have caused problems for people.</p> Sun, 26 Jan 2014 11:06:17 +0000 The Associated Press 16179 at http://michiganradio.org 'Problem' wolves killed in U.P. hunt, DNR says Wolf hunt 'didn’t meet objective' http://michiganradio.org/post/wolf-hunt-didn-t-meet-objective <p>Michigan’s top wildlife officials were briefed today on last year’s controversial wolf hunt.</p><p></p><p>23 wolves were killed during the seven-week hunt. That’s well below the target of 43 wolves.</p><p></p><p>Adam Bump is the point man on wolves for the Department of Natural Resources. He delivered the briefing to the Michigan Natural Resources Commission.&nbsp; Bump says the DNR will take the next several months to evaluate how to improve future hunts.</p><p></p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 21:31:43 +0000 Steve Carmody 15964 at http://michiganradio.org Wolf hunt 'didn’t meet objective' 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 Fewer wolves than expected have died so far in Michigan's wolf hunt http://michiganradio.org/post/fewer-wolves-expected-have-died-so-far-michigans-wolf-hunt <p>It’s been a month since hunters took to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to hunt wolves.</p><p>So far, the wolves have been doing better than expected.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Since the start of the hunt, only about 20 wolves have been killed. That's less than half of the 43 wolves state wildlife officials set as the goal to be killed in the hunt.&nbsp;&nbsp; The hunt ends December 31st.&nbsp;</p><p>Adam Bump is the Department of Natural Resources’ point man on wolves.&nbsp; He admits he’s not sure why hunters have had more success bagging wolves in some parts of the U.P. than in other parts.</p> Sat, 14 Dec 2013 17:30:00 +0000 The Associated Press 15692 at http://michiganradio.org Fewer wolves than expected have died so far in Michigan's wolf hunt New wolf hunt petitions will start circulating this week http://michiganradio.org/post/new-wolf-hunt-petitions-will-start-circulating-week <p>Beginning Wednesday, Michigan hunting groups will start collecting signatures on a petition to allow wolf hunting in the Upper Peninsula.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;Today, the Board of State Canvassers approved wording for the petition.</p><p>The pro-hunt petition is intended to counter two petition drives by groups trying to protect the gray wolf.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Since November 15<sup>th</sup>, at least 17 wolves have been killed in the state’s first ever wolf hunt.</p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 16:40:52 +0000 Steve Carmody 15496 at http://michiganradio.org New wolf hunt petitions will start circulating this week Michigan hunters plan to petition for new wolf hunt law http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-hunters-plan-petition-new-wolf-hunt-law <p>There could soon be dueling petition drives on opposite sides of the debate over wolf hunting in Michigan.</p><p>Next week, a coalition of Michigan hunting groups will ask the Board of State Canvassers to approve the wording of a petition for a new state law.</p><p>“The wolf hunting debate alerted us to the need for this type of decision making process,” says Drew YoungeDyke.&nbsp;&nbsp; He’s with <a href="http://www.mucc.org/for-imediate-release-11-26-2013/">Citizens for Professional Wildlife Management.</a></p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 11:47:47 +0000 Steve Carmody 15454 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan hunters plan to petition for new wolf hunt law Why hunt wolves? http://michiganradio.org/post/why-hunt-wolves <p></p><p>As you probably know by now, Michigan last year declared wolves a game animal, and, for the first time in more than 40 years, is allowing hunters to shoot them in some parts of the Upper Peninsula.</p><p>Hunting has become a controversial sport. But I don’t think I’ve seen any hunting issue as controversial as this year’s wolf hunt.</p><p>Jill Fritz, the Michigan state director of the Humane Society of the United States, is the informal leader of the anti-hunting forces, but she isn‘t alone. Professor John Vucetich, for example, a forest and environmental expert at Michigan Technological University, says flatly, “There is no scientific evidence to suggest that wolves need to be hunted.” He added, “It’s not common sense to spend decades bringing the wolf back from the brink of extinction only to turn around and allow them to be killed for sport.”</p><p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 14:35:55 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 15438 at http://michiganradio.org Why hunt wolves? DNR: At least 10 wolves killed in Michigan hunt http://michiganradio.org/post/dnr-least-10-wolves-killed-michigan-hunt <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - At least 10 wolves have been killed during Michigan's wolf hunt in the Upper Peninsula.<br /><br />The state<a href="http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-153-10370_12145_12205-32569--,00.html"> Department of Natural Resources</a> updated the results Saturday. The wolf season started on Nov. 15 and runs through December, unless 43 are killed before the end of the year.<br /> Sat, 23 Nov 2013 21:48:43 +0000 The Associated Press 15410 at http://michiganradio.org DNR: At least 10 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 In this morning's headlines: 460,000 without power, six wolves killed, minimum wage increase http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-460000-without-power-six-wolves-killed-minimum-wage-increase <p><strong>460,000 without power</strong></p><p>A storm with winds up to 70 miles per hour and heavy rain knocked down trees and power lines across Michigan yesterday. 460,000 homes and businesses are without power. Consumers Energy says power should be restored by late Wednesday for most customers and by Thursday for those in isolated areas.</p><p><strong>Six wolves killed in hunt</strong></p><p>"Michigan’s controversial wolf hunt wrapped up&nbsp; its first weekend with just six wolves killed in the first three days. Michigan wildlife officials have set a goal of 43 wolves in this year’s hunt," Steve Carmody <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/wolf-hunters-hoping-more-wintry-weather-upper-peninsula">reports.</a></p><p><strong>Democratic gubernatorial candidate wants to raise minimum wage to $9.25</strong></p><p>"Mark Schauer says he'll make raising the minimum wage a top priority as Michigan governor. The Democratic gubernatorial candidate is proposing to increase Michigan's minimum wage from $7.40 an hour to $9.25 per hour over three years," the Associated Press reports.</p><p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 12:55:06 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15326 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: 460,000 without power, six wolves killed, minimum wage increase Wolf hunters hoping for more wintry weather in the Upper Peninsula http://michiganradio.org/post/wolf-hunters-hoping-more-wintry-weather-upper-peninsula <p><a href="http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-153-10370_12145_12205-32569--,00.html">Hunters have killed six wolves</a> during the first three days of Michigan’s controversial wolf hunt in the Upper Peninsula.</p><p>Unseasonably warm weather has played a part in the hunt so far.</p><p>Debbie Munson-Badini is a spokeswoman with the Department of Natural Resources.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; She says snow in the forecast is good news for most hunters in the Upper Peninsula.</p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 11:29:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15322 at http://michiganradio.org Wolf hunters hoping for more wintry weather in the Upper Peninsula In this morning's headlines: Wolf hunt, anti-blight bill, dark money http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-wolf-hunt-anti-blight-bill-dark-money <p><strong>Wolf hunt starts today</strong></p><p>Michigan's first wolf hunt in modern time starts today.</p><p>"The hunt will take place in three specific zones of the Upper Peninsula. State wildlife officials hope hunters will kill 43 wolves during the hunt. There are an estimated 658 wolves in the U.P.," Steve Carmody reports.</p><p><strong>House clears anti-blight bill</strong></p><p>"Legislation meant to crack down on blight in several Michigan cities has cleared the state House. The bills would increase penalties for property owners who break blight laws that are already in place," Jake Neher <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/state-lawmakers-look-crack-down-urban-blight">reports.</a></p><p><strong>Senate votes to increase campaign funding limits</strong></p><p>"Republicans in the Michigan Senate have voted to boost donor limits to some types of political funds, and to allow the people who bankroll so-called “issue ads” to remain anonymous<strong>,</strong>" Rick Pluta<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/split-among-gop-elected-officials-over-dark-money"> reports</a><br /><strong> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 11:59:10 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15299 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: Wolf hunt, anti-blight bill, dark money At the end of this week, Michigan's controversial wolf hunt will begin http://michiganradio.org/post/end-week-michigans-controversial-wolf-hunt-will-begin <p>Opponents of this month’s scheduled wolf hunt are preparing for Friday’s start of the hunt.</p><p>The hunt will take place in three specific zones of the Upper Peninsula. State wildlife officials hope hunters will kill 43 wolves during the hunt. There are an estimated 658 wolves in the U.P.</p><p>Jill Fritz is the state director of the Humane Society of the United States.</p><p>“We’ll just continue to educate the public about this and make sure the people know that this entire wolf hunt that is happening is based on lies, deception and fear mongering,” says Fritz.</p> Sun, 10 Nov 2013 21:00:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15196 at http://michiganradio.org At the end of this week, Michigan's controversial wolf hunt will begin Hoping to kill a wolf during the upcoming hunt? Your chances are not good http://michiganradio.org/post/hoping-kill-wolf-during-upcoming-hunt-your-chances-are-not-good <p>People planning to take part in Michigan’s historic wolf hunt this year are likely to come home empty-handed.</p><p>State wildlife officials say they designed the hunt expecting only around 4% of hunters to kill a wolf.</p><p>“If we had any other game species, or deer hunting, or rabbit hunting, or squirrel hunting where you’d have 4% success rates, the hunters would be quite upset with us,” said Brian Roell, a wildlife biologist with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.</p><p>“So I think some folks are probably overestimating their ability to harvest a wolf.”</p> Sat, 09 Nov 2013 15:47:00 +0000 Jake Neher 15204 at http://michiganradio.org Hoping to kill a wolf during the upcoming hunt? Your chances are not good 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 Questioning the claims made by Michigan's wolf hunt advocates http://michiganradio.org/post/questioning-claims-made-michigans-wolf-hunt-advocates <p>One of the most emotionally charged issues in Michigan in 2013 has been the wolf hunt.</p><p>After teetering on the brink of extinction, the gray wolf population has rebounded so much so that earlier this year, Governor Rick Snyder signed a law that allows a first-ever state wolf hunt in the Upper Peninsula.</p><p>That historic hunt begins November 15.</p><p>Forty-three wolves can be killed in three zones in Michigan's Upper Peninsula where officials say they have the most problems.</p><p>During the legislative debate on the wolf hunt, lawmakers from the U.P. spoke with passion about the "fear" their constituents had of the wolves, worrying for the safety of livestock, pets, even small children.</p><p>Michigan Radio's Steve Carmody spoke with the point man on wolves for the DNR. Adam Bump told Steve that wolves had become very accustomed to life in Ironwood.</p><blockquote><p>"So you have wolves showing up in backyards, wolves showing up on porches, wolves staring at people through their sliding glass doors, while they're pounding on it, exhibiting no fear."</p></blockquote><p>But an&nbsp;MLive investigation into the historic wolf hunt raises some serious questions about the debate, about claims made by opponents, and about the DNR's Bump.</p><p>John Barnes is reporting on this for MLive in a series called "<a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2013/11/michigans_wolf_hunt_how_half_t.html#incart_2box">Crying Wolf</a>," and he joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 21:55:44 +0000 Stateside Staff 15118 at http://michiganradio.org Questioning the claims made by Michigan's wolf hunt advocates