Should we hunt gray wolves in Michigan?
The wolf population has rebounded in Northern MI; now some are advocating to open hunting season again.
Steven Yaffee, Julia Wondolleck, David Wang, and Sheena Vanleuven
This case study details an active issue in the state of Michigan: whether or not to allow a public wolf hunt. The chairperson of the Michigan Natural Resources Commission, J.R. Richardson, faces a difficult decision. Once an endangered species, gray wolves have recovered in northern Michigan enough that some groups are pushing for a public wolf hunt. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources agrees and believes that a limited public hunt is scientifically and economically justified. But others are not convinced and have reacted with skepticism and hostility. What should the chairperson’s decision be? This case asks that you examine the issue from opposing, nuanced perspectives, and be guided by scientific, political, economic, and social analysis. Ultimately, you will be expected to make a responsible, sustainable policy recommendation on Michigan’s wolf population.