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Enviro-Mich message from anne.woiwode@sfsierra.sierraclub.org

Troubling news from DNR -- AW

CONTACTS: Lt. Tom Corchaine
or Jim Hammill, 906-875-6622


CRYSTAL FALLS--In the second such incident in less than a 
month, a gray wolf has been discovered dead in the Upper 
Peninsula. In this latest incident, a one-and-a-half-year-
old female wolf died of an apparent gunshot wound and was 
recovered in Iron County this week by officials with the 
Michigan Department of Natural Resources.  Two weeks ago, 
the radio collar of another young female wolf was recovered 
in Dickinson County.  In the case, the young wolf's radio 
collar had been cut from the animal, and no other evidence 
of the animal or its fate has been recovered.
The DNR's Report-All-Poaching program is seeking information 
about this most recent wolf death.     RAP is offering a 
$2,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and 
conviction of the person or persons responsible for this 
crime.  This reward matches the amount offered by the DNR in 
the first wolf incident.  To help solve the first case, the 
Timber Wolf Alliance, a program of the Sigurd Olson 
Environmental Institute of Northland College, has offered an 
additional $900, bringing the total reward to $2,900.
The latest dead wolf was discovered during an aerial survey 
on December 16.  The animal was wearing a radio collar that 
had been replaced by DNR wildlife biologists in October 1998 
after the animal had been accidentally caught in a trap.  
The young female originally had been fitted with a radio 
collar while still a pup in 1997. 
The collar's mortality mode signal was discovered during a 
routine surveillance flight on December 16.  
The signal pinpointed the location of the dead animal to be 
10 miles north of US-2, near USFS Highway 16, and about 20 
miles northwest of Iron River in Iron County.  DNR Wildlife 
Technician Monica Joseph and Conservation Officer Sgt. Mike 
Webster recovered the carcass of the wolf later that day and 
verified it had been shot.  A veterinarian will further 
study the animal's remains for further indication as to time 
and cause of death. 
The first wolf was a member of the Skunk Creek Pack.  Lt. 
Tom Corchaine, DNR Law Enforcement Supervisor at the Crystal 
Falls District office, is coordinating that investigation.
"That we would lose two wolves, both young females and both 
radio-collared study animals, within such a short span of 
time, is very troubling," Corchaine said.  "DNR Conservation 
Officers, as well as other state and local police agencies 
will be diligently seeking any information that can help 
solve these significant cases."
The gray wolf is listed as an endangered species, and is 
protected by both state and federal laws.
The DNR's Report All Poaching Program Hotline accepts any 
poaching-related information by calling 1-800-292-7800.  
Those contacting the RAP Hotline can provide information 


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