Keep Michigan Wolves Protected http://michiganradio.org en Activist groups complain that Michigan Legislature circumvents petition drives, elections http://michiganradio.org/post/activist-groups-complain-michigan-legislature-circumvents-petition-drives-elections <p>A coalition of activist groups is trying to make an issue of the Legislature passing laws to bypass petition drives and ballot measures.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The groups say Republicans at the state Capitol have circumvented voters on questions including the emergency manager law, the minimum wage, and wolf hunting. In each of those cases, the Legislature passed laws that ran contrary to the results of an election or a petition drive.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Danielle Atkinson is with the campaign to increase the state minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. She says the Legislature acted legally, but violated the spirit of the Michigan Constitution’s power to use the ballot to initiate or challenge laws.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“This is not what the drafters of the state constitution intended when they gave people the right to petition their government.”</span></p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:43:00 +0000 Rick Pluta 18309 at http://michiganradio.org Activist groups complain that Michigan Legislature circumvents petition drives, elections Wolf hunt supporters deliver their petition signatures Tuesday http://michiganradio.org/post/wolf-hunt-supporters-deliver-their-petition-signatures-tuesday <p>After spending months collecting signatures, hunting groups plan to deliver their petitions to the Secretary of State’s office tomorrow.</p><p></p><p>The petition is aimed at cementing a wolf hunt in Michigan law.</p><p></p><p>In November, voters will decide two ballot questions challenging state laws allowing the state to authorize a wolf hunt. Last year, nearly two dozen wolves were shot and killed by hunters in the Upper Peninsula during a state sanctioned wolf hunt.</p><p></p> Mon, 26 May 2014 18:19:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17753 at http://michiganradio.org Wolf hunt supporters deliver their petition signatures Tuesday A campaign to continue Michigan's controversial wolf hunt nears milestone http://michiganradio.org/post/campaign-continue-michigans-controversial-wolf-hunt-nears-milestone <p>Michigan hunters are in the final phases of collecting signatures on a statewide petition drive to allow the state’s controversial wolf hunt to continue.</p><p></p><p>Hunters killed 22 wolves in three specific zones in the Upper Peninsula last year. The hunt was the first after the gray wolf was removed from the endangered species list.</p><p></p> Sat, 10 May 2014 21:54:04 +0000 Steve Carmody 17552 at http://michiganradio.org A campaign to continue Michigan's controversial wolf hunt nears milestone 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 Census shows fewer wolves in Michigan's Upper Peninsula http://michiganradio.org/post/census-shows-fewer-wolves-michigans-upper-peninsula <p>There are fewer wolves living in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.</p><p></p><p>State wildlife biologists <a href="http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MIDNR/bulletins/b301d0">report</a> a slight dip in the wolf population following last fall’s controversial hunt.</p><p></p><p>The Department of Natural Resources has just completed a census of wolves in the Upper Peninsula. The DNR admits the count is more of an estimate&nbsp;than an accurate head count.</p><p></p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:38:10 +0000 Steve Carmody 17342 at http://michiganradio.org Census shows fewer wolves in Michigan's 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 '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 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 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 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 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 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' New poll shows strong support for wolf hunt in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/new-poll-shows-strong-support-wolf-hunt-michigan <p><a href="http://mrgmi.com/2013/10/michigan-poll-wolves-not-as-popular-as-doves/">A new poll</a> shows strong support for a wolf hunt in the Upper Peninsula.</p><p></p><p>Michigan&rsquo;s gray wolves have rebounded from near extinction in the U.P.&nbsp; &nbsp;Last winter, Michigan&rsquo;s gray wolf population was estimated at 658.&nbsp; But as the wolf population has grown, so have the number of attacks on livestock and household pets.</p><p>Next month, Michigan will hold a limited wolf hunt.</p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 15:29:02 +0000 Steve Carmody 14854 at http://michiganradio.org New poll shows strong support for wolf hunt in Michigan Hunters snap up licenses for Michigan wolf hunt http://michiganradio.org/post/hunters-snap-licenses-michigan-wolf-hunt <p>MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) - Michigan&#39;s first wolf hunt is turning out to be a hot ticket.<br /><br />Officials say more than 1,000 licenses were sold Saturday, leaving just 100 by evening. The hunt starts Nov. 15 and runs through the end of the year.<br /><br />The Natural Resources Commission is allowing 43 wolves to be killed in seven Upper Peninsula counties. Opponents hoping to stop future hunts are gathering petition signatures for a statewide vote.<br /><br />A wolf license costs $100 for a Michigan resident and $500 for a non-resident.<br /> Sun, 29 Sep 2013 17:47:44 +0000 The Associated Press 14635 at http://michiganradio.org Hunters snap up licenses for Michigan wolf hunt 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. Licenses are expected to go on sale later this month for Michigan's planned wolf hunt http://michiganradio.org/post/licenses-are-expected-go-sale-later-month-michigans-planned-wolf-hunt <p>State wildlife officials continue to prepare for this fall’s controversial wolf hunt in the Upper Peninsula.</p><p></p><p>The hunt is set to begin in three zones in the U.P. in mid-November.</p><p></p><p>Hunters will try to kill 43 wolves during the hunt. There are fewer than 700 adult wolves in the Upper Peninsula.</p><p></p><p>Adam Bump is with the Department of Natural Resources. He says they are still working on the logistics for the hunt, including putting hunting licenses up for sale at the end of September.</p><p></p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 04:28:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 14233 at http://michiganradio.org Licenses are expected to go on sale later this month for Michigan's planned wolf hunt 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