wolf hunting http://michiganradio.org en UP cattle farmer linked to wolf hunt accepts plea deal in animal neglect case http://michiganradio.org/post/cattle-farmer-linked-wolf-hunt-accepts-plea-deal-animal-neglect-case <p>When the Michigan Natural Resources Commission voted to allow a wolf hunt in Michigan, they did so with the idea that the hunt would help curb the number of so-called "problem wolves" in the Upper Peninsula – wolves that preyed on livestock owned by cattle farmers.</p><p>But <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2013/11/michigans_wolf_hunt_how_half_t.html">MLive reporter John Barnes</a> looked at the wolf predation records in the Upper Peninsula and found that one farmer accounted for the majority of predation reports.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:08:39 +0000 Mark Brush 17232 at http://michiganradio.org UP cattle farmer linked to wolf hunt accepts plea deal in animal neglect case 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 How many wolf hunt questions can we squeeze onto the November ballot? http://michiganradio.org/post/how-many-wolf-hunt-questions-can-we-squeeze-november-ballot <p></p><p>It looks like a referendum on the controversial issue of wolf-hunting is headed to the November ballot – again. This will be the second hunting-related ballot question (and, possibly, not the last) voters will decide in a little less than eight months.</p><p>The Keep Michigan Wolves Protected Campaign turned in petition signatures to the state Bureau of Elections just yesterday. It takes 161,305 signatures, and we can reasonably expect the campaign has enough names. Because, after all, they’ve done this before.</p><p>Most recently, just last year, when Keep Michigan Wolves Protected filed enough signatures to suspend and challenge the first Michigan wolf hunting law adopted after the gray wolf was taken off the federal endangered species list. That is the first referendum challenge and it is already on the November ballot.</p><p>But the Legislature, as well as Gov. Rick Snyder, would not be thwarted. They adopted a second law to allow wolf hunting (among other things), and that is the target of this newest referendum campaign. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 19:07:09 +0000 Rick Pluta & Zoe Clark 16854 at http://michiganradio.org How many wolf hunt questions can we squeeze onto the November ballot? 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 Just how many ballot questions will you be voting on in November? Good question... http://michiganradio.org/post/just-how-many-ballot-questions-will-you-be-voting-november-good-question <p>In 270 days – come Election Day 2014 – it’s not just candidates you’ll be voting for, there are likely to be plenty of ballot questions, too. And, much like 2012, when there were half a dozen ballot questions, we might just see a <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/get-your-tickets-ballotpalooza-coming-michigan-nov-6">repeat of Ballot-o-palooza</a>.</p><p>Ballot questions can sometimes get people who might not be super-invested in voting for a candidate to actually <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/will-michigans-ballot-proposals-get-out-vote-november">get out and vote for a particular issue</a>. For example, 2004, when a slew of anti-gay marriage ballot proposals may very well have helped George W. Bush win reelection.</p><p>But it’s not easy to get ballot questions passed. Voters tend to shy away from passing new laws via ballot. In fact, if you don’t start out with more than a 60% approval of your question, the chances are you won’t win come Election Day.</p><p>In 2012, <a href="http://www.mcfn.org/press.php?prId=172">$154 million dollars were spent</a> on ballot questions and yet all six were defeated.</p><p>Which raises the issue: Money spent on ballot questions is often money that would otherwise be spent on other campaigns. Thus, the decision to go to the ballot with a certain issue raises lots of questions: Is it the best use of money, personnel, volunteers? How will it affect turnout – that’s if it affects turnout at all.</p><p>What will this year’s dynamic be?</p><p>Well, look for news early next week on the <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/dems-try-leverage-minimum-wage-maximum-political-benefit">minimum wage ballot drive</a> that would initiate a law raising Michigan’s minimum wage to somewhere between $9 and $10 an hour. Fri, 07 Feb 2014 20:47:45 +0000 Zoe Clark & Rick Pluta 16354 at http://michiganradio.org Just how many ballot questions will you be voting on in November? Good question... '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' 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 In this morning's headlines: Anti abortion coverage, casino dispute, wolf hunt http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-anti-abortion-coverage-casino-dispute-wolf-hunt <p><strong>Anti abortion coverage proposal could move forward today</strong></p><p>"A proposal to require insurance companies to stop offering abortion coverage as part of basic health insurance plans takes a critical step today. Right to Life advocates want insurance companies to offer abortion coverage only as a separate rider to women. The Board of State Canvassers is expected to certify that the group collected enough signatures to put the proposal before the legislature," Steve Carmody <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/proposal-make-michigan-women-buy-separate-health-insurance-abortion-coverage-moving-forward">reports. </a></p><p><strong>U.P. tribe and the state in U.S. Supreme Court over off-reservation casino</strong></p><p>"An Upper Peninsula Indian tribe will defend itself today before the United States Supreme Court against a lawsuit filed by the state of Michigan. The state is trying to stop the tribe from opening an off-reservation casino in the town of Vanderbilt in northern lower Michigan," Rick Pluta <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/tribal-sovereignty-issue-us-supreme-court-case-out-michigan">reports. </a></p><p><strong>Group to gather signatures to have wolf hunt next year</strong></p><p>"A pro-hunting coalition is launching a campaign to collect petition signatures seeking a possible third statewide vote next November on hunting wolves in Michigan. Their measure would let the Natural Resources Commission name game species, protecting Michigan's new wolf hunt. The state says that hunters had killed 17 wolves in the Upper Peninsula through Sunday morning," the Associated Press reports.</p><p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 12:42:06 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15494 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: Anti abortion coverage, casino dispute, wolf hunt 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 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 3 wolves killed in 1st day of Michigan wolf hunt http://michiganradio.org/post/3-wolves-killed-1st-day-michigan-wolf-hunt <p>DETROIT (AP) - The state reports that <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-153-10370_12145_12205-32569--,00.html">three gray wolves were killed</a> in the first day of Michigan's wolf hunt.<br /><br />Friday was the start of the wolf hunt, which is the first in the state since the animal was placed on the endangered species list nearly 40 years ago. A total of 1,200 people are licensed to participate in the hunt taking place in three Upper Peninsula zones.<br /> Sat, 16 Nov 2013 16:58:32 +0000 The Associated Press 15316 at http://michiganradio.org 3 wolves killed in 1st day of Michigan wolf hunt 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 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