Serving The Straits Area Sportsmen Since 1975
Serving The Straits Area Sportsmen Since 1975
From a MUCC Blog
On Thursday, February 10th, 2022 U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey S. White put gray wolves back on the Endangered Species List. The federal wolf ruling halts scientific wolf management and overturns the United States Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2020 rule (85 Fed. Reg. 69,778 Nov. 3, 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 of the matter is that wolves in the western Great Lakes states are fully recovered. They’re not endangered and they’re not threatened. The continued litigation of this population, under any designation, makes a mockery of the Endangered Species Act and jeopardizes its integrity to be used for truly endangered species.”
MUCC and its members have remained steadfast in advocating in every venue that the best available scientific data drive the conversation surrounding wolf management in Michigan and that this 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.
Nov 9, 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 began naturally returning 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 largest member of the Canid family (wild dogs), which also includes 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 2015 update to the 2008 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 estimate there was 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 there was a minimum of 662 wolves found among 139 packs across the Upper Peninsula. The 2016 minimum population estimate was 618 wolves. Fifteen more wolf packs were found during this past winter’s survey than in 2016, but pack size has decreased slightly and now averages less than five wolves.
It is important to note these are an estimate of 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 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.
Straits Area Sportsmen's Club
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We meet on the 3rd Monday of each month at 7:30 pm at Johnnie's on U.S. 2, 1 ½ miles west of I-75 on U.S.2, in St. Ignace. Please stop in to see what we are doing.