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NRC to decide wolf hunt

Group expected to vote Thursday

May 6, 2013

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Natural Resources Commission is expected to decide Thursday whether to approve provisions of a wolf hunt recommendation that was presented last month by division chiefs of......

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May-06-13 12:42 PM

re the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Natural Resource Commission really ready to apply sound scientific principles to "managing" wolves, as required by Michigan's game law, as there is reassurance and reassurance of by those in favor of treating wolves as "game animals"?

Open question, but there are unmistakable signs they simply may not be. Political issues and faithfulness to cherished philosophical principles is at least making it difficult for the agencies to admit simple facts, and spurring them to make statements that are misleading at best. They are still underplaying that there are only 658 wolves counted instead of the 860 their past reproductive rate says the 687 in 2011, talking about the change from 687 to 658: "It's within our confidence level," [DNR furbearer specialist Adam Bump] said. "It's within the error rate that we expect. It's not a significant decline." and ignoring that it is a total failure to grow f

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May-06-13 12:43 PM

Um, grow, and that wolves would have to increase by 45% in one year to make up for it. They've not done 15% before.

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May-06-13 7:13 PM

Anything to shut up all the anti-hunting, tree-hugging wackadoodles! Now, maybe they can approve a Dove hunt!

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May-07-13 10:18 AM

Mike, your post shows how little you know about this issue - doves were excluded from SB288. Ordmac is right; the wolf population is stabilizing in Michigan (same trend in other states) - hunting for hate is not a scientific reason to hunt. Where is the evidence to support a reduction of wolves will reduce conflicts? When a wolf kills a calf or follows deer into a residential area, action needs to be taken at the time, not wait for a hunting season.

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