A recently established group is offering a $1,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone who illegally kills a wolf in the Great Lakes region.
Great Lakes Patrol says it created the reward program in response to recent wolf killings in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. It says another factor was the appearance of Facebook sites promoting unlawful attacks on the predators.
Founder Rod Coronado says members will circulate reward posters around the towns of Newberry and Gulliver, where dead wolves were discovered.
Rewards will be offered for other illegal kills in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Great Lakes Wolf Patrol says it was founded this year to monitor legal wolf hunts and worked with Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources to investigate illegal wolf trapping during the October hunt.