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Wolf Hearing Held; HSUS Files Another Wolf Lawsuit

October 17th, 2012

On October 17, a hearing was held in the Michigan Senate Natural Resources committee to begin discussions on a bill designating the wolf as a game animal in Michigan.

MUCC joined the Michigan Hunting Dog Federation (MHDF) in representing our members and other sportsman’s organizations around the state to advocate for the full range of science based management practices to be applied to wolves – including hunting and trapping.

 The wolf has made an historic recovery in Michigan, going from zero wolves as recently as 1988-1989, to over 700 today. The wolf population continues to grow steadily and quickly at an average of 13% per year. Many studies and reports also show that Michigan could soon be reaching its carrying capacity limit for wolves in the near future.

MUCC argued that placing the wolf on the list of game species allows for the full range of management options, just like every other species in Michigan, to be considered by the NRC and the state’s wildlife managers – including the potential for a managed hunting and trapping season. As per Michigan law, a season cannot be established without designating the wolf as a game species.

The fact is that making the wolf a game animal allows them to be managed under the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation, the most successful wildlife conservation model on the planet. Not only the does the North American Model have an unmatched track record of conserving and enhancing wildlife species, but it allows citizens the opportunity to participate in the management through controlled hunting and trapping seasons.

While the hearing heard testimony in support from MUCC, MHDF, and the Michigan Farm Bureau, it also heard opposition from some of the usual suspects – most notably the nation’s largest anti-hunting group, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

The hearing also came a day after HSUS filed a notice that they intend to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to place wolves in the Great Lakes Region back on the Endangered Species Act.  See article.

As you may recall, HSUS held up the delisting of wolves for over a decade with lawsuits, and now seeks to again use the courts to make wildlife decisions instead of professional wildlife managers at the state and federal level.  

MUCC will continue to track and keep you informed of legislative information and the actions of HSUS and other anti-hunting groups.

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  • Louise Kane

    A lawsuit is needed to protect wolves, There is no reason to hunt them.

    • Mark

      Brilliant response Louise…Do you have any science to back up your remarks, or are you making your statements based on the fact that wolves “look like your dog”…. Ask any farmer in the U.P. about how they feel about wolves. Look at what the wolf population (which is much higher than the suggested carrying capacity that state biologists suggest) has done to the deer & moose populations in this state. You might feel differntly when a wolf eats your poodle….or a child. They have no natural predators, therefore an unmanaged population can cause serious problems.

  • Dave

    I agree with Louise’s comment to protect the wolves, and think Mark’s comments are out of line with a lot of “ifs” that reflect the thinking of the 1800′s.

    • Mary Sparkman

      Dave and Louise…the wolf population in the U.P. is such that farmers are losing livestock to them and families are losing beloved pets. No one is suggesting that we should be allowed to hunt wolves to extinction, only that a limited number be taken during a regulated, license required season to keep the population under control. I personally have friends who lost their dogs to wolves right outside their homes! It is only a matter of time before a small child is taken and killed. If left to breed without some sort of population control, they will go from being a nuisance to being a real danger within a very short time, as a healthy female can give birth to 8 or more cubs at least twice a year.

  • Rich

    Louise Kane,
    You are very uneducated about wolves and hunters!!!

  • Mike Sneider

    Mark and Mary have the right information. Some people have to encounter the problem before they can support it.

  • thistledew

    Boy Louise and Dave;

    you really need to understand that a Wolf is not a domestic dog but a pure predator. All species of life, including humans need some type of management if they are to flourish. The Human Society of the United States is a anti hunting organazation bent on stopping hunting of any form thru out the world.. Its a fact that they kill more animals than any other group, including hunters.. Please learn about wildlife, habitat management, and the role that hunters play in all this before you pass judgement
    Bob from the the U.P.i

  • Dan Less

    I agree. No hunting wolves.

  • Clearcut1

    The white-tailed deer are overbrowsing much of their range and wolves are a proper solution. They hunt year ’round and generally take the weak, old, stupid, and injured, though they’ll certainly not pass up new fawn. I’m in favor of 500+ wolves in the U.P. and at least 100 in the northern L.P. to allow the forests to regenerate properly. There’s plenty of regeneration, but too many areas fail to recruit viable saplings (whips) into the next cohort because the deer browse the regeneration to death as soon as it pokes up above the snow.

    A generous population of wolves is the ally of foresters in managing our timberlands in Michigan.

  • Bob

    It is clear that there are oppinions coming from people that don’t live near nor come in contact with wolves in Michigan. I feel the people that live in the UP of Michigan have been very patient with the DNR and the other groups by waiting on the side lines for a solution to the problem to arrive. Now that it has it would be very damaging for it to be changed now because it would be very easy for people to come up with their own ways of managing the population and that would be more damaging then a controlled management.

  • MichRes

    Please tell me where the studies that MUCC referneces on the need for hunting wolves in Michigan are located. MUCC has not provided a link.

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