Hunters can start buying licenses for the state's first wolf hunt on Saturday.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources had planned to offer licenses back in July but delayed the sale to ensure that computers are able to handle the expected high demand. 1,200 licenses will be sold until October 31st or until the license quota is met. Wolf licenses will cost $100 for residents and $500 for nonresidents.
The Natural Resources Commission in July added the gray wolf to the game species list and scheduled the hunt for November 15 through December 31. The hunt will be limited to 43 wolves in three separate areas of the Upper Peninsula.
The DNR says there are an estimated 658 wolves in the U.P. Opponents, who have launched a petition drive to ban wolf hunts in Michigan, say a hunt could result in the animal again winding up on the endangered species list.
Jill Fritz, director of the Keep Michigan Wolves Protected ballot committee, says there is no scientific justification for a wolf hunt since people can already shoot wolves that are threatening livestock or property, and people don't hunt wolves for food.