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Michigan DNR asking for help tracking wolves in northern Lower Peninsula

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Posted at 6:46 AM, Feb 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-19 08:10:47-05

(WXYZ) — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is asking citizens in the northern Lower Peninsula to help detect the presence of gray wolves in the region.

The survey will take place Feb. 19 through March 15.

“The probability of DNR personnel observing an actual wolf or its tracks in the northern Lower Peninsula is very low,” said DNR wildlife biologist Jennifer Kleitch in a release. “It’s helpful to have as many eyes as possible looking, so public reports are important for this survey.”

If you see a wolf or wolf sign between Feb. 19 and March 15, call the DNR Atlanta Field Office at 989-785-4251, ext. 5233 or report sightings online through Eyes in the Field, found at Michigan.gov/EyesInTheField.

The DNR says priority will be placed on reports north of M-55.

"It’s important that observations are reported in a timely manner so we can work with fresh sign. Those who find what they believe are wolf tracks should preserve the physical sign and take a photo of the tracks with a ruler in the frame to indicate size,” Kleitch said. “We’d also be very interested in any recent pictures of a wolf in the Northern Lower Peninsula.”

Information on wolves in Michigan and links to other wolf-related web pages can be found at Michigan.gov/Wolves.