February 7, 2023

Too Many Wolves Leads To Too Many Shootings

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At least six gray wolves were shot and killed illegally in Michigan during the firearms deer hunting season. One 80-year old man has been sentenced and other cases are pending during ongoing investigations.

The Michigan DNR says that the Upper Peninsula has 434 wolves, an increase of of 74 animals in two years. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering lifting the protected status of the wolf there. A decision should be made in March but that doesn’t mean the wolf will be able to be shot on sight.

Claude Stephen Gersky, 80, of Buckley appeared in court on December 11 and pleaded guilty to shooting a wolf on opening day of deer season. The judge sentenced him to pay a fine of $2,370, relinquish his hunting privileges until 2009, give up his gun and he has a choice of either spending 10 days in jail or serve community service for 20 days.

Tom Remington