Public comments sought on gray wolf plan update

Associated Press

Lansing — State officials are inviting the public to comment as they revise a plan for overseeing Michigan’s gray wolf population.

The Department of Natural Resources plan was adopted in 2008, four years before the federal government removed wolves in the Great Lakes region from the endangered species list and put the states in charge.

DNR officials say the primary goals will remain the same. Among them are maintaining a viable wolf population and minimizing conflicts between people and wolves.

There will be two 30-day comment periods, one focusing on implementation of the 2008 plan and the other on a draft of the updated version before it goes to the Natural Resources Commission and the DNR director for consideration.

The DNR says it hopes to finish the update by next spring.