ATLANTIC MINE - A wolf fatally attacked another dog in Houghton County's Atlantic Mine, the third such attack within a month in the vicinity, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources reported today.
The dog in this morning's attack was chained up in a fenced yard at the time of the attack.
The first confirmed kill in this area was on April 28.
"Wolf attacks on dogs around residences are usually uncommon," said DNR wildlife biologist Brian Roell. "The landowner was working to provide fencing and better boundaries but unfortunately another dog was killed on this property in a short amount of time."
The DNR had provided both landowners in the first two incidents with a 30-day permit to kill wolves on their property. At this time, two wolves have been killed and the permits are still active.
Roell said that in addition to providing the 30-day permits, the department - in an effort to better protect the public, pets and livestock - is now also taking an active role in attempting lethal control of wolves in this area.
An 18-year-old, 60-pound retired sled dog was killed in a single wolf attack on May 13.
"In this case we didn't have a carcass to look at, so we simply make the identification by wolf tracks," Roell said.
Another dog, a 150-pound Newfoundland dog, was killed by a wolf in Atlantic Mine on April 28.
The DNR encourages people to call only when wolves create a problem in an area.
The DNR office in Baraga can be reached at (906) 353-6651, and the Marquette office at (906) 228-6561.