Feb 02

MI: Michigan wolf hunting petition

by Josh Marshall

TRAVERSE CITY (AP) — Animal welfare activists and Indian tribes are gathering petition signatures seeking a statewide referendum on whether to allow wolf hunting in Michigan.

The Legislature in December designated the wolf as a game animal, a first step toward establishing a hunting season. The final decision will be made by the Natural Resources Commission, which is expecting a recommendation from state wildlife biologists this spring.

Opposition groups say it’s too early to start hunting Michigan wolves, which were removed from the federal endangered species list only a year ago. They say state officials seem more interested in pleasing hunters than making a decision based on science.

Sporting groups contend the proposed referendum is being pushed by extremist groups from out of state.

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Feb 02

SE: Another wolf shot

Roughly translated by TWIN Observer

OREBRO / TT

Another one of the 16 wolves has been shot in Fulufjäll region in Dalarna. The first wolf in the selective hunting was shot this morning in Örebro County. Hunters in Mora northern hunting region is assigned to shoot two wolves. But hunters are refusing.

“We know it’s a male. It was shot around 12:15 and the warden is on his way there in order to make an assessment of how old the animal is,” says Stig-Ake Svensson, of the conservation unit of the County Administrative Board of Dalarna.

At present it is not known how many shots were fired.

The first wolf shot in Hedby territory in Örebro County this morning was probably a one-year-old puppy.

“It was a hunting party of about 20 men who were out yesterday on Iresjön located on the county line between Örebro and Västmanland and they saw wolves. This morning they put out shooters around the lake, and when one of official shooters was coming out as he met three wolves. He killed ??one of the wolves within 100 meters with one shot,” says Per Wedholm, carnivore manager at the County Administrative Board in Örebro.

The wolf body has been inspected by the county administrative inspector and it is now kept in a cold room. Next week it will be shipped to the National Veterinary Institute (SVA), which receives all the wolves that are killed during the ongoing hunt.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to hunt, which began on Friday, the hunt is carried out in eight selected territories. In each of these, two wolves are to be shot, no more than one of the parent animals. The territories are located in Dalarna, Värmland, Örebro and Västmanland.

Hunters in Mora northern hunting region is assigned to shoot two wolves in Våmådalens territory. But hunters are refusing.

“It is special here. It is the only wolf pair in Sweden that do not attack dogs and are not attacking our pastures. It is completely wrong for hunters to shoot wolves who behave. It’s just the wolves we’ll cherish for the future,” says John Frost, predator manager responsible for the Mora northern hunting territory, to TT.
The hunting territory represents 50-60 moose hunting groups and agreed not shoot the well-behaved wolf pair.

The announcement that the first of the 16 wolves was shot in Örebro was greeted by spontaneous applause at the Center party’s municipality days at Orebro. The Center party has responsibility for the wolf issue in the government and has been proactive in reducing the upper limit for the number of wolves in Sweden.

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