2012-05-24 / Outdoors

Officials euthanize injured wolf

Incident remains under investigation


A grey wolf, shown above, was euthanized Monday by a DNR officer after being found within city limits, and in poor health. 
Courtesy photo A grey wolf, shown above, was euthanized Monday by a DNR officer after being found within city limits, and in poor health. Courtesy photo MANISTIQUE – A grey wolf, found within Manistique city limits, was euthanized Monday after it was determined to be wounded and in poor health. According to a DNR official, the cause of the animal’s wound is currently under investigation.

Debbie Munson Badini, DNR communications coordinator, explained a call came into Negaunee central dispatch on Monday evening, stating a wolf was spotted at a residence within city limits. Badini said the caller reported the wolf was not acting aggressively, but unusual – unable to walk around or run away, and lying in the yard.

An officer from the Manistique Public Safety Department was first to respond to the scene, said Badini, and, despite approaching the wolf, the animal continued lying down.

“A wolf would normally run away or feel threatened by someone approaching them,” explained Badini. “So while it was abnormal and a little alarming to have a wolf within city limits, it was not threatening.”

According to Badini, Mike Evink, a DNR officer, was next to arrive on the scene and observe the wolf. The wolf had a DNR collar on its neck, as well as a large wound, and appeared very skinny and not healthy, she explained.

Once Evink noted the condition of the wolf, Badini said he determined the best route was to euthanize the animal using his side firearm.

The wolf carcass will be sent to a wildlife lab to determine what caused the wound on its neck, and to see if the wound warrants further investigation, explained Badini.

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