Wolf Management Proposal Before NRC

The Michigan Natural Resources Commission and Department of Natural Resources have proposed the framework for a wolf season to allow sportsmen and women to assist with wolf management efforts, particularly in areas with historic conflicts that have not been resolved through other methods.
The proposal will be discussed at length at the NRC monthly meeting on April 11 in Lansing (MSU Diagnostic Center), along with guest expert presentations and the results of the most recent wolf population survey.  The full agenda and location is available here: http://michigan.gov/documents/dnr/agnApr13_416498_7.pdf
The recommended harvest for the Michigan hunting season is 47 wolves: 21 wolves from Wolf Management Unit A (see link for detailed description and map) in Western Gogebic County, 18 for WMU B (portions of counties in the Western Upper Peninsula), and 8 for WMU C in portions of Luce and Mackinac Counties in the Eastern UP. The level of proposed harvest and size and location of the WMUs are commensurate with the level of nuisance complaints and depredation events.
In 2013, the season is recommended to open on November 1 and go through December 31, or whenever the desired unit harvest is met (which ever comes first). To manage this highly controlled harvest, a hunter will be required to report successful harvest by the end of the day via a designated phone line and also check it within 3 days to a DNR check station to allow them to collect biological information. Once the harvest is met (or expected to be met imminently) for a WMU, the entire unit will be closed for the season. Licensed hunters will be required to check daily online or by calling in to see if any units have been closed.
Two options are offered to regulate the disbursement of wolf licenses: Option 1 would be a lottery system allowing 1,200 licenses in total (application period would be Aug. 1-Sept 1) and Option 2 would allow licenses to be sold over the counter in advance of the season (Aug 1-October 31). The DNR recommends allowing any current legal hunting device for hunting a wolf, including firearms, crossbows, and bow and arrow. They have also recommended allowing the use of foothold traps, only on private land and checked daily.
As Michigan does with each and every game species and hunting/trapping regulation, the DNR intends to use adaptive management practices, which will evaluate the success of management, population levels, and the amount of effort spent to reach the desired harvest. This information will help to aide them in determining the parameters for future seasons.
MUCC supports the general framework as outlined, but will be providing input on specific aspects as this regulation change moves forward.

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