Environment & Science
3:41 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Story of wolves shot on daycare property not true, Michigan State Senator apologizes

Here's the wolf story as it appeared in a 2011 resolution asking Congress to remove federal protections for wolves in the western Great Lakes region.

Wolves appeared multiple times in the backyard of a day care center shortly after the children were allowed outside to play. Federal agents disposed of three wolves in that backyard because of the potential danger to the children

MLive reporter John Barnes followed up on the story and it turned out not to be true. The story was born from a wolf siting outside of Lori Holm's home in Ironwood, Michigan where she runs a home daycare. 

The paragraph was based on Holm’s experience. But there were no children in the backyard. There was a single wolf, not three. No wolves were shot there, on that day or any day.

 

Three wolves were shot seven months later in a different area after other complaints, but the "wolves-threatening-kids" story was out - and written into the state record.  Today, Casperson apologized for putting it there. Here's the video of Casperson apologizing from MLive. (If it doesn't load for you, try here.)  

Casperson contends wolves still pose a danger to humans and pointed to an incident earlier this year in Minnesota where a teen was attacked by a wolf. That wolf was later killed by Minnesota wildlife officials who said the animal had brain damage.

MLive's John Barnes uncovered another fiction in the Michigan wolf hunt debate - a story told to our own Steve Carmody. Click here for explanation on how the MDNR official goofed on that story.