Two Wolf Shootings Confirmed
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources in investigating two separate cases of wolves shot by hunters during the opening days of the regular firearm deer hunting season.
The first incident occurred Nov. 15 in Gogebic County. The suspect reported the incident to local DNR officials and turned himself in. He is scheduled for arraignment in early December in 98th District Court, Bessemer.
The second incident occurred Nov. 16 near Rudyard, in Chippewa County. The suspect has been identified, and information related to the shooting has been turned over to the Chippewa County Prosecutor for authorization of charges. The gray wolf is listed as a protected species under both Michigan and federal Endangered Species Acts. Under Michigan law, it is illegal to harm, pursue, shoot, wound, kill, trap, or collect wolves, or attempt to engage in such conduct. Penalties for violating the law can include up to $1,000 fine and/or 90 days in jail. A person convicted of illegally killing or possessing a wolf also will face restitution to the state up to $1,500. Other fines and penalties can be imposed at the discretion of the individual courts.
"The vast majority of hunters are responsible individuals with a deep appreciation for our wildlife resources in Michigan," said Capt. Curtis Bacon, DNR Law Enforcement Northern Field Operations Supervisor. "However, those hunters who act irresponsibly, especially those who illegally take a protected species, will be held responsible for their actions." Learn to recognize the difference between Wolf and coyote.
Hunters are reminded it is illegal to take coyote in the Upper Peninsula during the firearm deer hunting season, which ends on November 30, to prevent accidental taking of wolves.
Any illegal or questionable activity related to a protected species or any other natural resources can be reported to the DNR's Report-All-Poaching (RAP) Hotline, 800-292-7800. Information can be submitted anonymously.