Wolves killed in recent hunt were causing problems

5:58 PM, Jan 26, 2014   |    comments
The bill was pushed mostly by legislators from the Upper Peninsula, where the gray wolf population has grown from six in 1973 to 658 today. A commission will vote today on the hunt. / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - Michigan officials say most of the wolves killed in the recent Upper Peninsula hunt probably belonged to packs that have caused problems for people.

Adam Bump of the state Department of Natural Resources tells The Associated Press that 17 of the 23 kills happened in locations within territories of packs with reputations for "conflicts" such as preying repeatedly on livestock.

Bump says those locations typically were within five miles of a farm or other place where conflicts occurred.He says that means the hunting season partly fulfilled a primary objective, which was to get rid of problem wolves and make the survivors more afraid of humans.

Opponents of the hunt say other methods of reducing conflicts weren't given enough of a chance to work.

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