The wolf problem started in 1943 when they were pronounced near extinction with possibly two, but no more than three in the U.P., and none below Koski's Corners.
I was positive this was an under estimate because I saw wolf tracks 30 miles below Koski's Corners and one growled at my friend and then ran past me 40 miles below Koski's Corners.
At that time they were put on the endangered species list. Then we spent thousands of dollars to reintroduce them into the U.P. This was a very successful endeavor as I would see them crossing the railroad on my 40 acres of cedar swamp (part of 200 acres of cedar swamp). At that time deer had paths, in the snow, across the railroad. Now, the deer tracks have all but disappeared across the railroad. The deer have now moved into the outskirts of all inhabited areas and into the cities.
The groups put the wolves back on the endangered species list, so they could watch them walk down the roads in our national parks, and our local groups that want to stop the reduction in Michigan by hunting and trapping had better start looking at the overall picture of wolf population.
Unless something is done soon to get the deer back to their natural habitat, our local fall economy will take a dip and the state will also see a big dip in license sales.
A group that has been coming to our area for 20 years from Lower Michigan is seriously thinking of stopping as they are seeing fewer and fewer deer, and last year a couple of does and no bucks. Years ago they always saw many deer and always shot bucks.
The correct wolf population is one that lets the deer go back to their natural habitat.