(WLNS) – This cold weather and snow will actually help the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. That is because they are trying to find out how many grey wolves call the mitten home and they need your help to do it.
Officials with the DNR ask people living in the northern half of the Lower Peninsula to keep their eyes open for any wolf tracks in the snow. DNR survey teams will use the public feedback and check out the areas where people report one or more sightings. This is a part of the state’s current Wolf Management program aimed to keep the grey wolf population at a viable number and off the endangered species list. This means the state will have to be home to at least 200 wolves. The federal government removed grey wolves from the endangered species list in 2012 but a federal judge ordered wolves to be added back on that list in December of last year taking it off the table for any future hunting plans here in Michigan.
The survey runs through March 13th. Report wolf sightings or tracks believed to be left by wolves to the Michigan DNR Gaylord customer service center at the number on the bottom of your screen.
You can also report sightings online. We have a link where you can do that just click the Seen on 6 icon on the side of the page.