Politics & Government
3:30 pm
Sat April 5, 2014

Pollsters say a majority of Michiganders support a state sanctioned wolf hunt in the Upper Peninsula

Once again, pollsters say a majority of Michiganders support a state sanctioned wolf hunt in the Upper Peninsula.

Hunters killed 23 wolves last year in the state’s first official wolf hunt. State wildlife officials had set a goal of 43 wolves.

Credit USFWS Midwest

The controversial wolf hunt could be the subject of three questions on the November ballot.

A new poll by Marketing Resource Group of Lansing shows wolf hunt opponents may have more work to do to convince voters.

Last month, MRG asked 600 likely Michigan voters their opinion of hunting wolves. 68% said they ‘strongly’ or ‘somewhat’ support the hunt in the Upper Peninsula, while 26%  said they were ‘strongly’ or ‘somewhat’ opposed.

The poll’s results show little change from a poll conducted just before last fall’s hunt.

Wolf hunt opponents have complained in the past the poll ‘misrepresents’ the opinions of Michiganders.

Specifically, they complain that pollsters suggest the wolves ‘pose a threat to people’ when there are no reports of wolf attacks on people.