State is closer to wolf hunting under new law

A Michigan commission now has the authority to establish hunting seasons for the gray wolf under a law signed by Gov. Rick Snyder.
AP Wire
Jan 1, 2013


The Natural Resources Commission is expected to get an update on the once-imperiled species later this month.

The number of wolves in Michigan is about 700 and has grown since the federal government outlawed killing wolves four decades ago to keep them from going extinct in the lower 48 states.

The law signed Friday authorizes the creation of a wolf-hunting season and sets license fees. But the decision on whether and when to have a hunting season is left to the commission.

Supporters say wolves are too prevalent in some areas of the Upper Peninsula. Opponents say it's not time to kill wolves once protected from extinction.



This is the law that was so important to get done before the end of the year and so important to Arlan Meekoff and Rick Snyder and the fact that its not budget neutral (their own study) means that there will be a wolf tax on Michigan Taxpayers to help offset the cost of a wolf season,I wasn't aware of a big wolf problem in Ottawa County but its just another good idea by one smart nerd and a tea partier


Actually the NRC is going to have quite a thorny problem even considering allowing a wolf hunt under the provisions of Michigan's Proposal G (1996) and the Michigan Wolf Management Plan they have promised to stick to. The former will require that wolf hunting be according to principles of sound scientific management, i.e. a better solution to the actual problems than the directed management used now.

There cannot be a hunt unless it is the most sound and scientific way of managing wolves from those available, versus current management methods and all other options, like population reduction and actual control of reproduction by directed removal of small wolf packs, and it must be assured that the effect running natural wolf population controls exactly backwards by making packs smaller and opening niches for new pairs of wolves to form packs will be determined before before hunts start, undeniably, scything random pack members out of all the packs in an area, instantly sabotaging those controls for years.

At the same time the tribal natural resource managers recognize these factors, and expect the ill effects of a wolf hunt. They believe they have management rights under a court consent decree, and they and the other stakeholders in the Wolf Management Plan will point out the plan requires the main focus of wolf control be directed removals of problem wolves, and the use of lethal controls only when nonlethal controls will not work in a specific case.

The NRC cannot simply ignore the plan, unilaterally change it, or replace the stakeholders with a new more hunting-oriented set. Aside from obvious side effects like generating possible state-supported racism against groups continuing to oppose the plan they will simply precipitate a veto resolution like the one that cancelled the Mourning Dove season that shot through the legislature and NRC like grass through a goose, and lost over 2 to 1. (69/31%). That will prevent the law from taking effect until the next general election when the general public decides.

Time to start gathering signatures? First, there's the next NRC meeting to attend:

The Chair of the NRC, JR Richardson, has requested that the MI DNR provide a status update on Michigan wolves at the next NRC meeting scheduled for 1/10/2013 at the MSU Diagnostic Center, Lansing, MI To view the agenda, go to:

The NRC is accepting comments via email send to both:
Deb Whipple
Chair NRC JR Richardson
If you would like to address the Commission in person contact Deb Whipple at 517-373-2352 or e-mail


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