2 wolves killed in first day of hunt

BARAGA – Hunters killed two wolves on the first day of hunting season in Michigan Friday, including one in Baraga County.

An unidentified hunter brought a wolf in to the Baraga Department of Natural Resources station before 11 a.m. Friday morning, the DNR said.

The Jackson County man shot a 75-pound male gray wolf just after dawn on the Baraga Plains, the Detroit Free Press reported.

Also Friday morning, Jeff Powell of Elkton, Mich., took down a male gray wolf in Gogebic County, reported. He later brought it to the DNR check station in Wakefield.

There are 1,200 people licensed for the hunt in Michigan, which became the sixth state to allow a wolf hunt earlier this year.

The state has set a maximum harvest of 43 wolves for the season, which could run as long as until Dec. 31. Successful hunters must notify the DNR on the day of the harvest.

Parts of Baraga County are included in Wolf Management Unit B, which also includes parts of Houghton, Ontonagon and Gogebic counties. One of three such units created in the state – all in the Upper Peninsula – it has a target harvest of 19 wolves for the season.

The second wolf was shot in WMU A in Gogebic County, which has a target harvest of 16 wolves.

WMU C has the lowest number of wolves that can be taken – 8. That unit includes parts of Luce and Mackinac counties.