Wolf harvest slowly rising

MARQUETTE – The number of wolves killed in the Michigan’s first state-managed wolf hunt slowly continues to rise.

Since the season opened Friday, a total of seven wolves have been shot from a total quota of 43. The hunt will continue until Dec. 31 or until the quotas in each of three wolf management units are reached.

As of 6 a.m. today, one wolf had been killed in Unit A in Gogebic County, leaving 15 wolves remaining to be harvested there. Five wolves have been killed in Unit B – which includes parts of Gogebic, Ontonagon, Baraga and Houghton counties – leaving 17 wolves left in the quota there. One wolf was killed in Unit C, which has a quota of eight and covers parts of Mackinac and Luce counties.

Wolf hunts are also under way in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Minnesota has three units for wolf hunting. As of 9 a.m. today, 46 wolves from a quota of 73 had been killed in one unit. The other two units were closed to hunting. In one of those, 31 wolves had been killed from a quota of 33. No wolves had been killed in the remaining zone.

In Wisconsin, only one of six wolf hunting zones was open today. A total of 210 wolves have been harvested in Wisconsin’s hunt from a total quota of 251.

John Pepin can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206.