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Michigan wolf hunt finishes with lower than allowed number of wolves taken


LANSING (WKZO) -- Michigan's first wolf hunt ended this week, and state officials are calling it a success. The wolf hunt was only held in select counties of the Upper Peninsula, and it was over on Tuesday with slightly more than half of the allowed kills having been made.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says that 23 wolves were taken between November 16th and December 31st. Analysts say that, at that rate, it would take several more years of hunts to impact the wolf population in a meaningful way. However, hunters might not get several more years, as an effort's underway to get a repeal of the wolf hunt on the November ballot.

The hunt has been controversial, with opponents saying that it's unnecessary. Supporters in the UP, however, say that wolves have been threatening pets and livestock.