Here are some final posts from our 2013 Mining Country Institute, and links to some of the many stories that the journalists on the trip are already cranking out! IJNR's own Adam Hinterthuer reports from the road:
It's hard to be stealthy in a 40-foot motor coach. But Phil, our fearless driver who had been schlepping the 20 of us journalists around Michigan's Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin all week, did his best as we ventured deeper into the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, in search of wolves.
Our secret weapon was Dave MacFarland, carnivore staff specialist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Bureau of Wildlife Management. He had scouted the area earlier and had found some signs of the local Pembine pack. But the scat was days old so he wasn't very confident that any wolves would be close enough to hear his howls... Read and hear more.
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UPPER PENINSULA — Michigan’s first wolf hunt in 50 years could be its last, at least for the foreseeable future, as referendums will put the fate of further hunts in the hands of voters.
Licenses will go on sale late this month for the 2013 season, the first state-sanctioned wolf hunt since Michigan stopped paying a bounty on wolves in the 1960s.
A total of 1,200 licenses will be available starting Saturday, Sept. 28 and hunting opens with Michigan’s rifle deer season Friday, Nov. 15.
A harvest quota has been set at 43 wolves.
Brian Roell, a wildlife biologist and field wolf specialist for the Department of Natural Resources in Marquette, said Michigan’s wolves are a “success story,” re-establishing themselves in the Great Lakes State after earlier attempts to transplant them to the Upper Peninsula failed... Read more.