July 7, 2005
Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials today announced results
of the most recent wolf survey, which indicates at least 405 wolves are now
roaming Michigan's Upper Peninsula, a 13 percent increase from the 360
animals counted in 2004. The survey was conducted during the winter months
when wolf numbers are at their lowest.
Wolves dispersing from Canada, Minnesota and Wisconsin were occasionally
present in the UP during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Reestablishment of a
resident population appears to have begun in 1989 when three animals
established a territory in the western UP. Since 1989, the wolf population
has increased every year except 1997, when a small population decline was
Last winter, DNR biologists, in cooperation with USDA Wildlife Services,
spent more than 2,000 hours conducting the wolf survey, which used
tracking, aerial observations of packs with radio-collared wolves, and
other evidence to determine the number of animals. The DNR regularly
monitors approximately 40 wolves that have been fitted with radio collars
to determine their movements and survival.
In May, the DNR held 10 public meetings to receive input from citizens on
issues they felt were important for the future management of wolves. These
meetings were one of the first steps taken toward revising the Michigan
Wolf Management Plan. To encourage additional public input, an e-mail
address and a mailing address were provided (see below) as another means of
submitting comments to the DNR. The comment period will conclude on
September 1, 2005.
The DNR encourages citizens to report any wolf sightings. Individuals who
see a wolf, find a wolf track, or discover other evidence of a wolf can
contact any DNR office to obtain a
wolf observation report form. The form and
more information also can be found on the DNR Web site,
In the event of wolf depredation on livestock or domestic pets or other
wolf-related problems, please call the Report All Poaching (RAP) line at
800-292-7800. This number is available 24 hours a day and operators are
instructed to route the call to the proper personnel.
The public can provide wolf comments by e-mail at
or by U.S. Mail at DNR Wildlife Division, Attn: Endangered Species
Coordinator, PO Box 30444, Lansing, MI 48909.