Casperson says eight more recent wolf attacks on domestic animals proves need for scientific wolf management

For Immediate Release
Oct. 22, 2013

Contact: Marty Fittante

LANSING, Mich.— Recently another eight cases of wolves attacking domestic animals, including livestock and pets, have been documented by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), leading State Sen. Tom Casperson to repeat his call for the scientific management of wolves pursuant to Public Act 21 of 2013.

“The recent wolf attacks, which have occurred every few days, underscore the need for scientific wolf management in the Upper Peninsula,” said Casperson, R-Escanaba. “It is difficult to argue that fact with these incidents happening regularly across the U.P.”

The most recent attacks this month, which are on the heels of a deadly September as well, have happened as follows:
• October 10 – 1 steer killed at an Engadine area farm
• October 12 – 2 dogs killed and 2 injured in Schoolcraft County
• October 13 – 1 steer killed at an Engadine area farm
• October 16 – 1 dog killed and 1 injured in Chippewa County
• October 16 – 1 pig killed at an Engadine area farm

Recent coverage of the wolf management regulations approved by the Natural Resources Commission shows that the Michigan public supports the management efforts, especially when told about attacks by wolves on domestic animals and impacts on those who live in rural areas.

A recent poll conducted by the Marketing Resource Group and Mitchell Research and Communication showed that 67 percent of Michigan residents support the current plan for a wolf hunt in targeted areas of the Upper Peninsula. In addition, recent news coverage has indicated that three quarters of the recently sold wolf hunting licenses were sold to residents of the Lower Peninsula. 

“With the deadly impact that wolves are having across the U.P., it is no wonder that Michigan residents overwhelmingly support a limited wolf hunt,” Casperson said. “Groups including the U.S. Humane Society, who continue their efforts to implement its no-hunt agenda and stop a much-needed, recently approved and limited wolf hunting season in certain parts of the U.P., should reevaluate their opposition and join in the efforts to help control the wolves that are killing our domestic animals and livestock and impacting our way of life in the U.P.”