U.P. Wolf Population Numbers Hold Steady
Marquette, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Results of the DNR state 2014 wolf population survey indicate no significant change in the estimated number of wolves in the Upper Peninsula compared to the results of last year’s survey.
DNR wildlife biologists estimate there was a minimum of 636 wolves in Michigan this winter, compared to the 2013 population estimate was 658 wolves.
Biologists say wolf numbers in Michigan appear to be stable and have experienced no significant change.
In 2013, the DNR established a wolf management hunt in the U.P., with three designated hunt units and a target harvest of 43 wolves, of which 22 were taken.
The results of the 2014 wolf population survey will be one piece of data considered by DNR wildlife biologists as they evaluate current wolf management strategies, including the management hunt.