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Mich. wolf population nears saturation point

Updated: July 12, 2005, 11:58 AM ET
By John Flesher | Associated Press

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — A 15-year surge in the Upper Peninsula's gray wolf numbers is losing steam, which suggests the population may be nearing its saturation point, a state biologist said Friday.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources said its latest census detected 405 wolves, up from 360 the previous year. The 13 percent jump was similar to the previous year's rate, suggesting a slowdown is under way, said Brian Roell, a DNR wildlife biologist and coordinator of the state's ...

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