Photo from Detroit Free Press - Two DNR official examine a hunted wolf
MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) - Michigan wildlife officials say the number of wolves killed in the Upper Peninsula during the state's first wolf hunt in decades is at 22 on the final day of the hunt.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says that's the total as of Tuesday morning, unchanged from the previous day. The department earlier expressed doubt that the hunt would reach its maximum of 43 when it wraps up by Tuesday evening.
Frigid weather likely has kept the hunt in check.
Five of the maximum 16 wolves were killed in the far western U.P., 14 of 19 in four central counties and three of eight in the eastern U.P.
The wolf hunting season opened on Nov. 15. Before the season, the DNR estimated that Michigan had 658 wolves