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Want to know how many wolves roam Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula? So do Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) wildlife biologists. In fact, MDNR is looking for volunteers to help with the annual survey. If you see a gray wolf between Feb. 19 and March 15, MDNR would like you to report it. Spot what may be a wolf track during a hike? Take a picture and, if possible, measure the size of the print “with a ruler for scale and try and preserve the track,” WPNB-TV reports. This will help wildlife biologists determine how widespread wolves are within the northern portion of the state, particularly north of M-55.

“The probability of DNR personnel observing an actual wolf or its tracks in the northern Lower Peninsula is very low,” said MDNR wildlife biologist Jennifer Kleitch. “It’s helpful to have as many eyes as possible looking, so public reports are important for this survey.”

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While the wolf population is dwindling on Isle Royale, an island located 55 miles away from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in Lake Superior, wolves do roam the northern portion of the Lower Peninsula. The number of wolves has grown exponentially since the first 20 were documented in the early 1990s. Today, according to the Detroit Free Press, “the number has since increased to hundreds.”

“It’s important that observations are reported in a timely manner so we can work with fresh sign. Those who find what they believe are wolf tracks should preserve the physical sign and take a photo of the tracks with a ruler in the frame to indicate size,” said Kleitch. “We’d also be very interested in any recent pictures of a wolf in the Northern Lower Peninsula.”

If you want to report a track or sighting, contact the MDNR Field Office at 989-785-4251 ext. 5233 or file the report online here.

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Mark A. - posted 2 months ago on 03-03-2019 12:58:51 pm
Lake Villa IL
goHUNT INSIDER

Dlyan W. I also grew up there and that's why when I read these type of articles I get so fired up. My graduating class was 17 people. When you're part of a community that small things like this are bigger than people realize. They've taken away logging, mining, and hunting. Most people are forced to leave. Hunters coming to my small town was ambrace by locals for the revenue it created for stores, bars, and whatever. It was a huge benefit. Where are the wolve watchers? They sit at home and complain. They don't spend a nickle or even care enough to show up. They hide at home with their trust funds. Must be nice. I wish these people would put there efforts into figuring out healthcare. They have no problems watching the middle class struggle. Oh but the poor wolves have it so bad. %^&* &^% there was a bounty for a reason and I think we should bring it back. MAYBE ON THE WOLVES TO>>>>>>>

Dylan W. - posted 2 months ago on 02-21-2019 09:46:45 am
goHUNT INSIDER

Mark A. I know what you are talking about there. I was born and raised in the U.P. One year I went home on leave from the military to deer hunt. Ended up driving old logging trails, putting on a couple hundred miles on fresh snow and didn't see one deer track. My parents went several years without venison because lack of numbers and would usually see more wolf tracks than deer. Numbers started coming back the last couple of years but this fall they noticed the wolves moving back in. I know that near where they ice fish locals can identify around 8 different wolves in a small area.

Gary H. - posted 2 months ago on 02-19-2019 10:31:42 am
goHUNT INSIDER

Most guys have been shooting them and leaving them lay for years up there. I doubt many people will cooperate. People are pissed off about the wolves.

Mark A. - posted 2 months ago on 02-19-2019 08:49:14 am
Lake Villa IL
goHUNT INSIDER

Of course now that they found there way to lower Michigan where there are more voters they are concerned. I hope they eat every deer down there as well. Sorry no love for the wolves. Destroyed the hunting and took huge number of money spending traveling hunter out of Upper Michigan