Michigan's wolves are doing fine, thanks. The Michigan DNR just released their most recent wolf population survey, which shows we've got about 700 wolves living in Michigan.

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According to MLive.com, the survey came up with a population of 695 wolves in 143 separate packs - all in the Upper Peninsula (my guess is that we also have a few sneaky ones in the Lower Peninsula). The survey was taken last winter, between December and March - "the time of year when wolf populations are naturally at their lowest point". Which makes sense, when you take into account pups being born in the spring - so the population is actually higher than that.

The Michigan wolf population has been a stable 600-700 in recent years. Impressive, after being down to 6 wolves in 1973.

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