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The Wolf Issue in Michigan - DNR Biologist Details Facts, Myths Behind Polarizing Predator

posted Sep 18, 2018, 11:34 PM by chloe owens

7/25/2018, by Christie Bleck, Iron Mountain Daily News

The wolf issue in Michigan – DNR biologist details facts, myths behind polarizing predator

His recent program at the Michigan Iron Industry Museum aims to dispel some of the misconceptions about this animal. Folklore often hasn’t been kind to the wolf. Consider the “big bad wolf”depicted in “Little Red Riding Hood,”the famous children’s tale. “It’s this unnatural fear that we have of them,”Roell said. In fact, wolf attacks are extremely rare, and far more people are at risk from bees and wasps — due to allergic reactions — and vehicle accidents involving deer, he said. The DNR, he said, finds itself “getting squished”in the middle of this debate. However, he stressed the DNR is not a decision-making body. In Michigan, decisions are made by the Natural Resources Commission. The DNR provides input and gives it suggestions, but the NRC — the eight-member group appointed by the governor — sets regulations.