Counting wolves


I was very surprised we did not have a wolf hunt in Iron and Dickinson counties.

I have seen them in my back yard at Lake Ellen, on Sawyer Lake and crossing Sawyer Lake Road at Sawyer lake and two miles south of Sawyer Lake, near Ford River south of Channing and Ford River headwaters west of Channing.

A friend of mine said he recently had wolf tracks in his back yard near Kingsford.

They have been seen in backyards of Sagola, killed cattle in Sagola’s outskirts, one was recently seen approaching a steer herd only to be chased away by three large steers.

Just recently wolves killed a deer a couple hundred feet back of their house one mile west of Channing. Also a friend told me that a friend of his had a wolf come up to his deer blind just southwest of Channing and when he got the wolf’s attention it just looked at him and wandered off.

Many deer hunters who hunt in the deer’s natural habitat have gone home early (downstate and out of state) and said they will probably not be coming back unless something is done about the wolf problem. A few years ago a DNR person was telling someone at a meeting that wolves have a large area that they travel.

If that’s how the wolf count is made we must have a better method of counting them and controlling them.

We do have more deer near and in inhabited areas but that will soon change to less deer and more wolves. Then wolves will be a major problem. We must change our methods so we can eliminate wolves in cities, outskirts and populated areas. Counting wolves in the U.P. is not the correct method. A hungry wolf is a dangerous wolf.

Leo Fende