Serving The Straits Area Sportsmen Since 1975
Serving The Straits Area Sportsmen Since 1975
Here is a great video where club President, Gary Gorniak is interviewed for Discover the U.P. sharing thoughts and concerns about wolves in the U.P.
Bill Introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives
December 2023: From U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman's office here is a copy of a bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives requesting the FWS delist the Gray Wolf.
Wednesday, October 11th, 2023, Straits Area Sportsmen's Club leaders participated in the Joint Eastern and Western Citizens Advisory Council meeting in Escanaba, with several very informative meetings covering many topics. The most important and informative presentation was by Tyler R. Petroelje with the Michigan DNR, whose presentation was about how they will be counting wolves this winter. They will use trail cameras across the U.P. to photograph wolves on trails and two tracks. He explained how the photos and A.I. would be used to identify wolves. These cameras may be used as monitoring tools for other wildlife species: White-tailed deer, moose, bobcat, black bear, red fox, gray fox, coyote, and turkey.
Full camera deployment is planned over the next two years; cameras will be deployed this summer and revisited in 2024 and 2025. In 2024-2025, a photo analysis using RECONN.AI will be done, and a wolf abundance estimate for U.P. and an annual report will be available to the public. In 2025 and beyond, full camera deployment for wolf and other species abundance estimates will continue in the U.P. Similar cameras, and A.I. is being used in many wildlife management areas in the States and Africa.
This was an excellent presentation and a different method of counting wolves, which we have been asking for for some time.
A QUESTION WAS ASKED WHETHER THESE CAMERAS WOULD IDENTIFY VEHICLES AND PEOPLE; THEY WILL NOT. WITH A.I., THEY WILL BLUR OUT A PERSON AND ANY VEHICLE; THEY ARE NOT INTERESTED IN GATHERING THAT INFO. ONLY WOLVES.
Below is a link to access Tyler R. Petroelje's PowerPoint presentation.
Thursday, October 12th, 2023, During the February 2023 NRC meeting, Chairman Baird asked the DNR to develop a Decision Tree with the steps to be taken when the Wolf is taken off the Endangered Species List. Below is the Decision Tree presented to the Commissioners at the October NRC meeting in Escanaba.
Possible Wolf Density Numbers
Here is a page from comments made by one of the SASC members during the 2021-22 Wolf Management Advisory Council meetings. The charts were developed using simple math to show the Wolf Denisty of the U.P. compared to Wisconsin and Minnesota. The chart below shows the number of acres inhabited by wolves in each state, the number of wolves in each state's most recent count, and the number of wolves per square mile.
While some told us that our numbers were not 'scientific,' we believe simple math is pretty accurate. The numbers we used came from the DNR's 2020 Winter Wolf Survey, and the numbers from Wisconsin and Minnesota came from Google.
From a MUCC Blog
On Thursday, February 10th, 2022, U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey S. White returned gray wolves to the Endangered Species List. The federal wolf ruling halts scientific wolf management. It overturns the United States Fish and Wildlife Service's 2020 rule (85 Fed. Reg. 69,778 November 3rd, 2020), removing the wolves throughout the lower 48 states from the list and placing them under state management.
Amy Trotter, executive director of Michigan United Conservation Club (MUCC), issued the following statement. "We are extremely disappointed by the federal district court's ruling, which effectively moves wolves back under federal management. The fact is that wolves in the western Great Lakes states are fully recovered. They're not endangered, and they're not threatened. Under any designation, the continued litigation of this population makes a mockery of the Endangered Species Act and jeopardizes its integrity to be used for truly endangered species."
MUCC and its members have steadfastly advocated in every venue that the best available scientific data drive the conversation surrounding wolf management in Michigan and that these species be managed through a legal, regulated hunting and trapping season. This federal court decision prevents state management once again. MUCC will consider all legal and legislative options to stop this merry-go-round once and for all, but to compete with the deep pockets of national anti-hunting organizations, we will need your help.
November 9th, 2020
The Department of Interior late last month announced the gray wolf would be delisted following the agency's determination that the species is no longer threatened or endangered. ... All gray wolves in the lower 48 states except for a small population of Mexican gray wolves in Arizona and New Mexico have been removed.
To achieve a permanent solution, SASC is working with Congressman Jack Bergman, Safari Club International, The Upper Peninsula Sportsmen's Alliance, and the Michigan United Conservation Club to pass into law through the United States Congress a bill that will remove the gray wolf as an endangered species PERMANENTLY!
Check back. We will keep you updated as we learn more.
Wolves naturally returned to Michigan's Upper Peninsula via Canada and Wisconsin in the early 1990s. Since that time, populations have increased and continue to expand their range. Evidence of range expansion into the Lower Peninsula came when a gray wolf was accidentally killed in Presque Isle County in 2004.
In 2015, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced the second confirmed presence of a gray wolf in the Lower Peninsula since 1910. This wolf probably crossed on the ice between the U.P. and the Lower Peninsula.
Wolves are the most prominent members of the Canid family (wild dogs), including coyotes and red and gray foxes.
As adults, wolves average 30 inches in height at the shoulder and 65 pounds. Their feet are generally 3 1/2 inches wide and 4 1/2 inches long and provide an easy way of differentiating wolves from coyotes, whose feet are only 1 1/2 inches wide and 2 1/2 inches long.
To learn more about Wolves in Michigan, click on the link below.
Click below to see the 2022 Wolf Management Plan.
July 27, 2020
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reported the state’s wolf population has remained relatively stable over the past nine years, with the most recent survey completed this past winter. DNR Wildlife Division staff who participated in this latest survey estimated a minimum of 695 wolves found among 143 packs across the Upper Peninsula. Pack size has remained stable and averages just under five wolves.
The 2018 Winter Survey estimated a minimum of 662 wolves found among 139 packs across the Upper Peninsula. The 2016 minimum population estimate was 618 wolves. This past winter’s survey found fifteen more wolf packs than in 2016, but pack size has decreased slightly and now averages less than five wolves.
It is important to note that these estimate the minimum number of wolves.
The gray wolf is currently listed as a federally endangered species. Wolves have been found in every county of the Upper Peninsula, but for some years, they have been absent from Keweenaw County (excluding Isle Royale) during the population surveys. Please report wolf sightings using the link below.
Gary Morgan of Wild Game Dynasty conducts a podcast on his website Wild Game Dynasty.com.
Check out podcast 75 where he interviews Brian Krupla about his experience in the U.P. with wolves. Podcast 76 is an interview with Gary Gorniak about how Michigan needs a Wolf Management Plan.
Adult wolf taking a stroll through Gladstone. Just down the street from the elementary.
A Club member passed this along to us this past spring. Both videos were taken along the boulevard in St. Ignace Michigan.
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Mailing Address: P.O. Box 764, St. Ignace, MI 79781
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