Saturday December 29, 2012, 7:14 pm
Gov. Rick Snyder signs bill clearing way for possible gray wolf hunt in MICHIGAN :
LANSING, MI - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s signature on legislation will give the state the option of allowing a limited gray wolf hunt in the Upper Peninsula.
Snyder announced late Friday that he had signed a bill declaring the gray wolf as a game animal. The legislation will not automatically result in a wolf hunt – but it would clear the way for the state’s Natural Resources Commission to allow one, perhaps as early as 2013.
An update on the issue – including the state’s wolf management plan -- is expected at the NRC’s January meeting. That status update will come at the request of the NRC’s new chairman, J.R. Richardson of Ontonagon. It will involve the state's wolf management plan.
Wolves are no longer on the endangered species list in Michigan. There are likely at least 700 in the Upper Peninsula, according to the Department of Natural Resources. That’s up from just more than 500 in 2008 and just more than 200 in 2000.
If a hunt is established, it likely would be relatively small and focused in areas of the Upper Peninsula where farmers say they are having issues with wolves killing livestock.
Opinions have been divided on whether Michigan should have a wolf hunt.
The Humane Society of the United States is among the groups that has said it will oppose a wolf hunt, saying there is no justification for one. The organization says it wants wolves put back on the endangered species list.
The Michigan Farm Bureau and the Michigan United Conservation Clubs are among the groups that favor moving ahead with a possible hunt.
Read more here : http://www.mlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2012/12/wolf_hunting_michigan_snyder.html
Saturday December 29, 2012, 7:56 pm
Wolves go down again, we are at over 40% loss in USA already, not totally counted until march... when the 6000+ get killed in Canada...does everyone understand we will not be able to re-establish? The Alberta Timberwolf Lineage that my wolf pack was from and the ones the Wyoming wolves came from are destroyed? there is about 30 left. ...this is a world wide extermination of wolves. I was a wolf biologist for 22 years, and I feel like I am part of the biggest betrayal of these amazing animals. I can't believe this is happening.
Sunday December 30, 2012, 9:30 am
Even if they should stop today with the murder of wolves, it will be take many, many years before the population will have increased and stable. But they do not stop today, so there will be no wolf left.
Far, far into the future as America, Canada and the rest of the world 'happy shooting' as barbaric has left behind , one will mourn over what mankind has destroyed all these 2 centuries.
And they will call this period the black centuries, who only have brought death and destruction among the most important and vulnerable in life. For money and depraved pleasure. And they will call , the people of these centuries, sick and perverted.
Monday December 31, 2012, 6:40 am
God almighty these poor wolves are targeted yet again...what exactly warrants open season on these fab animals...so they have been snacking on cattle...REALLY????? Come on now people...
Monday December 31, 2012, 7:38 am
Sadly Noted. If some of these Repub Governors (e.g. Gov Snyder, Gov Walker, et al) spent a fraction as much time on trying to truly help those in need of jobs than on coming up with additional ways to pillage the environment or take away rights from women and organized labor, then their states (and the country in general) would be so much better off. Please don't let this deter your efforts Roxy. This should give you more resolve. Wolves need you and your army more than ever. Add the war on wolves and the environment to the war on women and the war on organized labor. It's a shame these same Gov's don't declare a war on poverty or a war on joblessness.
Monday December 31, 2012, 4:22 pm
So tired of the animals getting hurt because of laws, that don't really benefit anyone but the ultra-rich coporations. Mining and Dirty Oil, if you look, Michigan just passing some of the biggest agressive fracking mining bills coming in...so of course they can't have wolves standing in the way. If they are labeled as an endangered species, they can not mine and strip the lands any endangered species or plant may be upon. Its all politics and we won't give up on the wolves! Wish the states would let The Wolf Army take them and relocate them instead of the senseless killing. We have countries offering to buy them and give them protection. So, We are in rescue mode. Can not talk more then that.