This November, vote NO on Proposals 1 and 2 to end the unnecessary wolf hunt in Michigan and stop politicians and special interest groups from usurping power from the voters.

Fact or Fiction?

It's getting hard to keep track of all the falsehoods and untruths circulating about the wolf hunt. We've put together some tools to help you get the facts.

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The Fiction

The Facts

In 2011, Representative Matt Huuki and Senator Tom Casperson include a story about three wolves being shot outside of a daycare center, shortly after children were out playing in the yard, in the text of House Resolution 48 and Senate Resolution 39 urging the U.S. Congress to remove gray wolves in Michigan from the federal endangered species list and to amend the Endangered Species Act to prevent similar future situations.

(Source: HR48/SR39)

One wolf was spotted staring at a dog in the backyard of a daycare center, but the wolf ran off when the owner of the house shouted to scare him away. No children were playing outside on the property at the time, and no wolves were shot on the property at any time.

(Source: MLive/Michigan Radio)

DNR spokesman Adam Bump states during an interview on Michigan Radio, “So you have wolves showing up in backyards, wolves showing up on porches, wolves staring at people through their sliding glass doors when they’re pounding on it, exhibiting no fear…” 

(Source: Michigan Radio)

This story was a complete fabrication.

(Source: MLive)

The DNR submits a wolf management plan that cites wolf attacks on livestock as a justification for why the wolf hunt was needed in Wolf Management Unit B in Ontonagon and Houghton Counties.

(Source: MLive)

More than 60% of all verified wolf attacks on livestock in the Upper Peninsula, and 80% of wolf livestock attacks in Wolf Management Unit B, have happened on a farm owned by John Koski in Ontonagon County. Koski left dead cattle to decompose in fields on his farm, and illegally used deer carcasses to bait and attract predators. The DNR provided nearly $3,000 worth of fencing and guard donkeys to Koski to protect his cattle, but later found that the fencing had not been put up and had disappeared, and that two of the donkeys had died and the third had to be removed from the farm because of severe neglect.

(Source: ABC10UP)

The DNR wolf hunting plan maintains that two of the three wolf hunting zones were specifically picked to address “chronic livestock depredations” that can’t be managed by the current non-lethal and lethal means.

Source DNR

If you remove the Koski farm from the equation, there have actually been very few wolf depredations of livestock in the past few years, and those that have occurred can and are managed using existing law that allows nonlethal and lethal measures. Between January and August of 2012, there were 31 verified attacks of wolves on livestock in Michigan. For that same period in 2013, there were seven verified attacks of wolves on livestock—a reduction of 81%.

(Source: FOIA request from DNR)

Watch ABC10UP's video series on the hunt:

That not enough? Read the MLive four-day special report on the hunt, and see the fiction for yourself.

Michigan's wolf hunt: How half truths, falsehoods and one farmer distorted reasons for historic hunt
November 3, 2013

The Michigan myth: How lawmakers turned this true wolf story into fiction
November 3, 2013

John Koski, Part 1: Tour the farm with more wolf attacks than anyone in Michigan's Upper Peninsula
November 4, 2013

Michigan wolf hunt: Rolf Peterson, globally known wolf expert, argues a hunt is ill conceived
November 4, 2013

Michigan wolf hunt: DNR expert Adam Bump explains why hunt is conservative and necessary
November 4, 2013

West Michigan cattle farmer says wolf numbers, attacks growing at Upper Peninsula ranch
November 5, 2013

Who's afraid of the big bad wolf? Plenty of Upper Peninsula residents
November 5, 2013

John Koski, Part 2: See how Michigan is cracking down on the cattle farmer with the most wolf attacks
November 5, 2013

Crying wolf: Michigan's first hunt heavily influenced by outside interests; follow the money
November 6, 2013

Michigan Senator apologizes for fictional wolf story in resolution: 'I am accountable, and I am sorry'
November 7, 2013

MLive Media Group: Wolf ends don't justify means
November 10, 2013


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The future of Michigan wolves is in the voters' hands

On this year’s ballot, the only state-wide proposals that are listed deal with the topic of wolf hunting in Michigan.


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