Public comment sought on draft update of 2008 Michigan Wolf Management Plan
LANSING—The Michigan DNR has completed a draft update of the 2008 Michigan Wolf Management Plan and is seeking public comment during a 30-day period that began March 4. The 2008 Wolf Management Plan was created using extensive public input to identify important issues and assess public attitudes toward wolves and their management, as well as a review of the biological and social science on wolves. The four principal goals within the plan are to:
-Maintain a viable wolf population.
-Facilitate wolf-related benefits.
-Minimize wolf-related conflicts.
-Conduct science-based and socially acceptable management of wolves.
The plan and, more specifically, the four principal goals within the plan have guided wolf management in Michigan for the last six and a half years.
Beginning in November 2014, the DNR sought comments on the implementation of the 2008 plan. During the comment period, the DNR received more than 3,000 responses to its online and hard-copy survey. Based on those responses and corresponding comments, and an internal review of the document, a draft updated plan recently was completed and