Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Hunters kill six wolves across the Upper Peninsula

by Roxanne Werly
Posted: 11.18.2013

Six wolves have been killed so far during the wolf hunting season across the Upper Peninsulaupnorthlive.com photo
 
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MACKINAC COUNTY (AP) -- Six wolves have been killed so far during the wolf hunting season in the Upper Peninsula.

The Department of Natural Resources released the latest information Monday morning on the number of wolves killed since November 15, which was opening day. 

The Department of Natural Resources created the three Wolf Management Units around areas of chronic wolf-human conflict.
The three designated Wolf Management Units are:

WMU A in Gogebic County - One wolf killed as of Monday morning. The target harvest is 16 wolves

WMU B in portions of Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton and Ontonagon counties - Four wolves killed as of Monday morning. The target harvest is 19 wolves

WMU C in portions of Luce and Mackinac counties - One wolf killed as of Monday mornning. The target harvest is eight wolves

The 2013 wolf season will will run until the target harvest for each unit is reached, but no later than Dec. 31. The bag limit is one wolf per person per year. Firearm, crossbow and bow-and-arrow hunting will be allowed on public and private lands.

Hunters are required to report successful harvest over the phone on the day of harvest. Once the target harvest is met for a management unit, the entire unit will be closed for the season. Licensed hunters will be required to check daily by phone or online  to determine whether any management units have been closed.

Successful hunters must present the carcass to a DNR check station within 72 hours of harvest. DNR staff members will seal the pelt and collect a tooth, female reproductive tracts and harvest location information.

The DNR believes the wolf hunt may change behavior of wolves in the hunt units making them more wary of people, residential areas and farms. 

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