With fewer than 650 wolves in Michigan and more than 50 years spent to recover them, we need to Keep Michigan Wolves Protected.

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Apr 23, 2014

There are fewer wolves living in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

News: MLive.com
Apr 15, 2014

 An Upper Peninsula farmer charged with mistreating taxpayer-provided donkeys used to scare wolves has accepted a plea deal, court officials confirmed.

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Apr 15, 2014

The following is a statement from Jill Fritz, director of the Keep Michigan Wolves Protected campaign, in response to today’s Mlive.com article, “Cattle farmer John Koski, divisive symbol in Michigan wolf hunt, to plead in animal neglect case

Apr 10, 2014

 As Executive Director of Michigan Muslim Community Council I am proud and privileged to endorse and serve on the Steering Committee for Keep Michigan Wolves Protected – a coalition of faith leaders, Native American tribes, conservation groups, animal welfare organizations, wildlife scientists, hunters, farmers, and everyday Michigan citizens working to protect Michigan’s wolf population and restore the longstanding rights of voters to have a say in how wolves and other wildlife are managed and respected.

Mar 26, 2014


People out and about might encounter reps of "Michigan Citizens for Professional Wildlife Management" and the petition they're circulating. Their effort seeks to reinforce the politically-appointed Natural Resource Commission's ability to designate game species and issue fisheries orders. If successful, it will prevent people from voting on the designation of species as game. This includes the wolf and other species not already on the game species list. Examples of non-game animals include the sand hill crane and lynx.

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Mar 18, 2014

Michigan Muslim Community Council’s executive director, along with the Islamic Society of North America and its president, announced their support of Keep Michigan Wolves Protected and its referendum campaigns to stop the trophy hunting of wolves.

Mar 16, 2014

 After Gitchie Manito, the Creator, had made all the rest of creation, he formed Original Man and placed him on Earth. The Creator assigned him a task: He was to walk the Earth and give names to all the plants, animals and places. While he was completing his task, Original Man noticed that all the animals were in pairs. When he mentioned this to the Creator, the Creator told him he would send him a companion. That companion was Ma’iingan — the wolf.

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Mar 13, 2014

Keep Michigan Wolves Protected submitted more than 229,000 signatures to the Secretary of State’s Office to place a second referendum on the November 4 ballot that would protect wolves and restore the right of Michigan voters to weigh in on critical wildlife issues. Michigan voters from all 83 counties have signed petitions on two ballot referendums expressing their support for the protection of Michigan’s fledging wolf population and displeasure with the Legislature’s approval of wolf hunting and taking their voting rights away.

News: MLive.com
Mar 13, 2014

Opponents of Michigan’s wolf hunt today were to turn in a second round of petition signatures aimed at make Michigan’s first hunt its last.

Mar 12, 2014

For the second time, opponents of a hunt of gray wolves in the Upper Peninsula have gathered enough signatures to put the issue on the ballot.

Mar 12, 2014

Over the past few weeks, it has been difficult to step outside the Oakland Center without having an encounter with students asking for signatures to save the Michigan wolves.

Mar 06, 2014

In the 1970s, Michigan's wolves were on the brink of extinction. Poaching and bounties had decimated wolf populations and it looked like they were on a highway to the history books. Fortunately, in an effort to restore the dwindling numbers, wolves were given protected status under the Endangered Species Act. Hunting stopped and the wolf population grew from a measly three animals in 1989 to a healthy estimate of over 650 by 2013.

News: MLive.com
Mar 05, 2014

 Months after Michigan’s first wolf hunt, an anti-hunting group is getting close to finishing collecting signatures for a referendum on the November ballot to ban future wolf hunts.

Mar 05, 2014

"We reached the old wolf in time to watch a fierce green fire dying in her eyes. I realized then and have known ever since that there was something new to me in those eyes, something known only to her and to the mountain. I was young then and full of trigger-itch; I thought that because fewer wolves meant more deer, that no wolves would mean hunters’ paradise. But after seeing the green fire die, I sensed that neither the wolf nor the mountain agreed with such a view.” -- Aldo Leopold, 1949

Mar 01, 2014

 The deadline looms on the petition drive for the referendum to spare Michigan’s fledgling wolf population from future sport hunting. Members of Keep Michigan Wolves Protected are in the final sprint to collect enough signatures to put the question on the ballot this November.

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News: Michigan Radio Apr 23, 2014

There are fewer wolves living in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.


Keep Wolves Protected is endorsed by a number of organizations and citizens including:

  • Kalamazoo Humane Society
  • Pamela Graves, DVM
  • Detroit Audubon Society
  • Michigan Animal Shelter Rescue Network
  • Aaron Payment, Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians
  • Voiceless-MI
  • Humane Society of Huron Valley
  • Detroit Zoological Society


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