Minnesota's second wolf hunt offers lessons for Michigan

Nov 15, 2013

This wolf was photographed north of Marquette, Michigan.
Credit Flickr - Mikel Classen

After a year filled with controversy, Michigan will hold it’s first wolf hunt in nearly 40 years.

1,200 licensed hunters will head to three designated zones in the Upper Peninsula to kill 43 wolves.

Although this is Michigan’s first hunt, that’s not the case for other states in the upper midwest. Minnesota and Wisconsin are both heading into their second wolf hunt this year.

Current State spoke with Dan Kraker, a Minnesota Public Radio reporter based in Duluth, about last year's hunt in that state and what Michiganders might learn from it. There was a 400 wolf quota for last year's wolf hunt in Minnesota, and the quota was met. Kraker describes his state's wolf population as robust, even though it is down from 3,000 to 2,200.