The first gray wolf was bagged just after dawn Friday in Baraga County – one of the three designated hunting zones in the Upper Peninsula. And as of Sunday morning, a total of five wolves total had been harvested, according to the state Department of Natural Resources.
Meanwhile, opponents of the controversial hunting season say they’ll continue to gather petition signatures in an effort to also make this Michigan’s last wolf hunt. They want to challenge the wolf hunting law on the 2014 ballot.
“We are working on monitoring the check stations where the wolves will be brought in, and if images of the dead wolves are available, we’ll certainly be taking that to the public,” said Jill Fritz with Keep Michigan Wolves Protected. “The public needs to know what’s going on.”
Fritz says there is no scientific justification for the wolf hunt so soon after it was de-listed as a federal endangered species.
The DNR says the hunt could help address wolf attacks on pets and livestock in the UP.