Tuesday, May 30th, 2023
Tuesday, May 30th, 2023

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Richard P. Smith

DNR estimates that Michigan’s U.P. contains 631 individual wolves; 136 packs

The number of adult wolves in the U.P. during the winter may have been stable for more than a decade, according to the DNR, but that doesn’t keep the top predators from producing more pups.
Rural Iron County residents Jim and Barb Anderson witnessed confirmation of that when they saw a pair of wolves setting the stage for the birth of more pups near their home during the last week of February.

Michigan’s 2022 bear season exceeded DNR’s desired harvest with growing population

The number of black bears registered by hunters in Michigan continued to climb during the 2022 seasons, according to preliminary figures from the DNR, even though state-issued license numbers remained the same as in 2021.
And harvest totals are expected to increase in the future as a result of a growing bear population, even though about 400 fewer bear tags will be up for grabs from the DNR this year.

Michigan trapper recalls releasing many incidental wolves from sets

Most, if not all, U.P. trappers who try to catch coyotes, fox, or bobcat invariably end up catching a wolf because the larger predators are attracted to the same type of sets.
The fact that wolves have become less rare in the U.P. also contributes to incidental catches of the non-target animals. Based on the experience of Wakefield’s John Jakovich, wolves are being caught in traps set for mink, raccoon, and muskrat.

Score sheet finally released for storied Rompola buck from Michigan

After 24 years, the score sheet for the antlers from a buck that Mitch Rompola from Traverse City, Mich. shot with bow and arrow in Grand Traverse County on Nov. 13, 1998 has been made public.

At the time Rompola killed the buck with exceptionally wide, typical 12-point antlers they were the highest scoring on record for North America with a net score of 216 5⁄8 and gross score of 220 6⁄8.

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