Michigan’s first wolf-hunting season had a strong start this past Saturday when it sold nearly all the wolf tags appropriated for the upper peninsula. According to the Lansing State Journal, 991 of the state’s allotted 1,200 wolf tags sold within the first two hours of availability, and by 5 p.m. the same day, hunters purchased a total of 1,100.
The notion of a wolf-hunting season was a hot debate in Michigan during the months leading up the sale of the tags. Animal-rights groups collected enough signatures to call for a statewide referendum, but legislative action allowed the hunt to move forward.
A Michigan Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Supervisor says the hunt is necessary because upper-peninsula wolves are attacking livestock and dogs and they need to prevent the animals from becoming acclimated to humans.
While there are 1,200 tags available, the state’s Natural Resources Commission set the harvest quota at 43, and hunters are required to report their wolf kills the same day they’re made. Michigan’s wolf season runs from November 15th through December 31st. Tags costs $100 for state residents and $500 for nonresidents.