Podcast: John Vucetich on Michigan’s wolf hunt, which begins today

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Wildlife biologist and Michigan Technological University professor John Vucetich (Photo: Michigan Technological University)

Wildlife biologist and Michigan Technological University professor John Vucetich (Photo: Michigan Technological University)

 

Great Lakes Echo ran a story last month on Michigan’s first-ever wolf hunt that begins today. We had interviewed John Vucetich, a wildlife biologist and professor at Michigan Technological University.

We turned the audio from that interview in October into this eight-minute podcast. The questions were re-recorded to better suit an online podcast format.

Vucetich says here that the state would allow a maximum of 47 wolves to be killed. The final quota Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources decided upon was 43 wolves.

  • Scoop

    Rich, there are already a lot of moose on Isle Royale, enough that they should have a cull and donate the meat to food pantries. A rather inconvenient truth for the wolf apologists is that northern Minnesota’s moose crash is blamed on climate change while Isle Royale’s moose are prospering since wolves crashed. Hmmm …. Joanne, don’t believe everything you see on PBS. Wolves will take on new mates, and assume new packs. Wisconsin has killed more than 400 wolves past two years through legal hunt/trapping and federal depredation trapping. There are still far more wolves than the most recent winter numbers because they’ve been seriously underestimated for so many years. The deer and small game that wolves eat are game animals that attract paying customers (hunters) to northern Wisconsin communities. The positive economic impact of hunting is more than $1 billion in Wisconsin. Those are real dollars in a tough economic time. Wolves need to be reduced toward population goals. Forty-three in Michigan? Won’t even be a drop in the bucket, not enough to even impact annual recruitment of pups. It’s about time states stood up to the rabid anti-hunt groups like HSUS and do what’s right for the resources and economy.

  • Galen R.

    And how many kills will go unreported?

  • Rich T

    National Park Service to receive public input on Isle Royale wolves
    http://www.petoskeynews.com/gaylord/sports/outdoors/national-park-service-to-receive-public-input-on-isle-royale/article_15307134-4d56-11e3-b0cc-0019bb30f31a.html

    Kill off the 8 sick wolves to end their misery. Wait two years for moose population to expand. Transplant the UP problem wolves to Isle Royale to start off fresh genetics. Two problems solved.

  • NoName

    No one is talking about the moose.
    Has anyone seen a moose in Luce county this year?
    No… they haven’t. The wolves have wiped out the moose population there… and I would imagine, around the rest of the U.P. as well. There are too many wolves. Just ask the locals. And guess what… now that the moose are gone… the deer are next. Then the live stock. Then pets.
    Hunting is a way to help get the balance back. The moose and deer have not had to deal with wolves in 40 years… they don’t know how to survive with them here. Eventually, there will be more of a natural balance. But right now… we need to step in and help nature get back in sync. We screwed up the ecosystem… we need to step in and help right the ship.

  • Karen

    Kill, Kill, Kill….that’s the name of the game. Make enuf money yet, DNR???? Maybe when there is nothing left to kill we can hun one another and you can charge for a license.

  • JoAnne

    This is a travesty. Wolves should not be hunted and killed. Wolves are pack animals. The death of a lead female or male can mean death to the young. This is just plain stupid and wrong.