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Licenses for wolf hunt go on sale Saturday
LANSING, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Licenses to participate in Michigan's first wolf hunt in modern times are about to go on sale and it's stirring up quite the controversy.
The DNR says licenses will go on sale this Saturday.
But many activists say the hunt should not happen at all.
The wolf hunting season is slated to begin on November 15th in three zones of the Upper Peninsula.
The commission is allowing 43 wolves to be killed.
Hunters who get a wolf must report it by day's end.
The UP was known to have only three wolves as recently as 1989, but the population today stands at 653 wolves.
They've made an even bigger recovery in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Those states held their first wolf hunts last year.
Right now opponents are gathering petition signatures for a referendum in hopes of preventing future hunts.
Those who are against wolf hunting say there is so much uncertainty around the exact population of wolves here in Michigan.
The sale of licenses had been delayed because of the huge demand for them. The DNR wanted time to prepare.
1,200 licenses will be available Saturday at a cost of $100 each for Michigan residents and $500 for out-of-state residents.
The hunt will run November 15th through December 31st.