Dennis Anderson

Dennis Anderson has been a Star Tribune outdoors columnist since 1993, before which, for 13 years, he held the same position at the Pioneer Press. He enjoys casting and shooting. Dogs, too, and horses. Also kids and, occasionally, crusading in his column for improved conservation.

Wolf hunt proposed in Michigan

Posted by: Dennis Anderson under Environment Updated: August 21, 2012 - 11:08 AM

A bill was introduced in Michigan last week to establish a wolf hunting season in that state.

If passed, Michigan would be the third Midwest state after Minnesota and Wisconsin to establish a wolf hunting season.

Reporter Agnieszka Spieszny of Outdoor Hub news says Michigan DNR Director Keith Creagh acknowledged in a visit to the state's Upper Peninsula that, "At the end of the day, there’s going to be a method of take and it’s the DNR’s opinion that you ought to be able to utilize hunters to help with depredation complaints in nuisance areas.”

The proposed legislation says, in part, that "“the sound scientific management of gray wolf populations in this state is necessary, including the use of hunting as a management tool, to minimize human and gray wolf encounters and to prevent gray wolves from threatening or harming humans, livestock and pets.''

Gray wolves in Michigan were delisted as  endangered  in January. Spieszney reports that proposed fees include a $100 wolf hunting license  for residents, $500 for non-residents and a $4 non-refundable permit application fee.

 

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