New Data Says Michigan Wolf Population Stable

The estimated wolf population in Michigan remained stable between 2013 and the 2014, according to survey results released by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) at the meeting of the Wolf Management Advisory Council in St. Ignace on April 22.
DNR wildlife biologists estimate there was a minimum of 636 wolves in Michigan this winter, with a confidence interval of plus-or-minus 42 animals. In comparison, the 2013 population estimate was 658 wolves, with a confidence interval of plus-or-minus 56 animals.
These numbers don't really surprise us, though they may under-estimate the total impact of the wolf population. The wolf population cycle shows that it is at its lowest during the winter, which is when the surveys take place, yet in the spring this population grows to more than 1,000.
With these numbers, we can say that the wolf hunt did not have any significant impact on the overall population, which wasn't the goal. The first wolf hunt held in 2013 was designed to address wolf-related conflicts with livestock, dogs, and human safety.
But Keep Michigan Wolves Protected (KMWP) led by the anti-hunting group the Humane Society of the United States, continues to mislead the public by calling this wolf population "fragile" and have paid significant money to place two referenda on the November ballot to overturn the NRC's authority to name game species and the Legislature's initial authorization of a wolf hunt.
MUCC has joined forces with Citizens for Professional Wildlife Management to counter HSUS with a citizen-led initiative designed to ensure that wildlife is managed using real science, not ballot box biology. If you have not yet signed a petition, please do so at one of Michigan's Cabela's stores this weekend!

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