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A hunting dog learned an important lesson in Michigan.
A local resident was training a pair of hunting dogs in a non-residential area of the state’s Upper Peninsula when the incident occurred, according to state officials.
Fortunately, the dog should recover completely.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources confirmed the incident occurred near a trailhead in Marquette, located on the Upper Michigan Peninsula.
The dog’s owner was training the dog, along with a beagle, when the incident happened, reports the Associated Press.
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The dog was bawling at a rabbit that was about 200 yards away before the wolf bit him.
State officials believe this behavior likely attracted the wild animal.
John Pepin, spokesman for the DNR, said: “The trail is in a non-residential area, where wild animals are often encountered. Wolves are part of the nature that lives around us. Hunting dogs were actively barking at a hare, which probably attracted the wolf.”
Fortunately, the dog should recover. Additionally, the wolf is part of a known pack that has lived in the area for about 15 years. According to the dog’s owner, the wolf did not act aggressively towards him.
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It is estimated that around 700 wolves live in Michigan, with most (if not all) living in the upper region of the state.
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Wolves are considered an endangered species in the state and are protected under the Federal Endangered Species Act, according to the Michigan website.
Wolves can only be killed in the state if they pose a direct and immediate threat to human life.