Michigan Wolf Survey Shows No Significant Change In Wolf Population

Following a wolf hunting season full of controversy, the DNR says there is no significant change in the state’s wolf population. 

The 2014 survey done by the DNR Wildlife Division and the US Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services looks at the estimated number of wolves in the Upper Peninsula compared to the results of last year’s survey.

Biologists estimate there were a minimum of 636 wolves in Michigan this winter.  In 2013, the number was 658.

The DNR says the wolf population remains stable.

The 2013 wolf hunt was established to cut down on the number of wolf attacks on livestock and pet-related attacks. 22 wolves were taken of the possible 43 wolves available for harvest. 

Since wolves returned to the UP in the 1980’s, the wolf population steadily grew until recent years when the population began to level off. 

For more details on Michigan wolves, head the the DNR website.