Cumberland Times-News

August 3, 2013

Wolf hunt interest running high

Cumberland Times-News

— LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is holding off on selling wolf hunting licenses.

DNR officials announced Tuesday that they are postponing the sale of wolf hunting licenses until Sept. 28. The hunting licenses were supposed to be sold beginning Aug. 3.

The DNR decided to postpone the wolf hunting license sales to ensure the office computers are  able to handle the expected high demand.

“We anticipate that there will be a lot of people trying to buy a very limited number of licenses in a short timeframe,” said Adam Bump, DNR bear and furbearer specialist.

“This is a first-come, first-served purchase, unlike other limited-license hunts that require an application and drawing process, so it presents a new challenge for our retail sales system.

“We want to make sure the system is equipped for the high volume so sales go smoothly and everyone has an equal chance to get a wolf license.”

Bump said that, in addition to ensuring that technology is up to speed, the DNR is working to put adequate Saturday staffing in place to make the license-buying process as fair and efficient as possible.