Michigan's gray wolf population has declined slightly as state officials consider scheduling a hunting season in the Upper Peninsula this fall.
The Department of Natural Resources reported Thursday the latest estimate is that 658 wolves roam the U.P. That's down from 687 two years ago.
Biologist Adam Bump tells the Michigan Natural Resources Commission the DNR recommends having a hunt in November and December in which 43 wolves could be killed. It would be held in three sections of the U.P.
One area includes the city of Ironwood and the adjacent township on the western end. The second takes in parts of Baraga, Houghton, Ontonagon and Gogebic counties. The third includes portions of Luce and Mackinac counties in the eastern U.P.
Local ordinances involving discharge of firearms would still apply.