Wolf - Western Great Lakes
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Map of Region 3 Minnesota Wisconsin Michigan

 

Gray Wolf (Canis lupus)

Wolf Numbers in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan (excluding Isle Royale) - 1976 to 2013

 

PDF Version - Table of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan Wolf Numbers

 

*The counts are conducted during mid- to late winter to present the annual minimum population size..

 

Year of Survey* Minnesota Wisconsin Michigan
2012-2013 2,211 809 658
2011-2012   815  
2010-2011   782 687
2009-2010

 

690
557
2008-2009

 

637
577
2007-2008 2,921

549
520
2006-2007  

546
509
2005-2006  

467
434
2004-2005  

435
405
2003-2004 3,020

373
360
2002-2003  

335
321
2001-2002  

327
278
2000-2001  

257
249
1999-2000  

248
216
1998-1999

 

205
169
1997-1998 2,445
178
139
1996-1997  
148
113
1995-1996  
99
116
1994-1995  
83
80
1993-1994  
57
57
1992-1993  
40
30
1991-1992  
45
21
1990-1991  
40
17
1989-1990  
34
10
1988-1989 1,500 - 1,750
31
3
1987-1988  
28
-
1986-1987  
18
-
1985-1986  
16
-
1984-1985  
15
-
1983-1984  
17
-
1982-1983  
19
-
1981-1982  
27
-
1980-1981  
21
-
1979-1980  
25
-
1978 -1979 1,235
-
-
1975-1976 1,000 - 1,200
-
-

 

References
From Michigan DNR News Release (July 11, 2013) Natural Resources Commission authorizes limited public wolf harvest aimed at managing the state's wolf population.

 

Erb, John and B. Sampson. 2013. DISTRIBUTION AND ABUNDANCE OF WOLVES IN MINNESOTA, 2012-13. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Report.

 

From Wisconsin DNR News Release (May 6, 2013): Wolf count indicates population has stabilized, slightly declined

 

 

Revised August 2013

 

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