A gray wolf that fled Isle Royale National Park across a Lake Superior ice bridge and was found dead on the mainland had been shot with a pellet from an air gun, officials said Friday.
The loss is a blow to an already struggling wolf population at Isle Royale National Park, which has fallen sharply in recent years.
DNR officials are studying the figures to decide if there should be another wolf hunt this year.
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“This is going to help define what we think the word ‘conservation’ means during an era of tremendous global change,” said John Vucetich of Michigan Technological University.
At least 11 wolves have been killed so far during the wolf hunt in the UP.
It’s the first hunt in Michigan since the wolf was placed on the endangered species list nearly 40 years ago.
A campaign to protect Michigan’s wolf population has gained some star power.
“They’re a crafty animal,” said John Haggard, 72, of Charlevoix. “Even at my age, I’m always willing to learn a new skill.”
Michigan’s first authorized wolf hunt since the animal went on the endangered species list four decades ago will begin Nov. 15.