Ishpeming warns residents of dangerous animal activity within Al Quaal Recreation Area
ISHPEMING — The city of Ishpeming has released a public notice regarding recent predator activity within the Al Quaal Recreation Area.
According to the public notice, multiple sightings have occurred within the area north of Teal Lake including early mornings on or along the lake as well as tracks and potential animal carcasses and kills.
Al Quaal visitors are asked to remain vigilant and watchful to prevent potential problems and pedestrians with pets are reminded to follow the state’s leash law.
The public notice also provided tips on what to do to help minimize conflict between wolves and dogs.
≤ Report all suspected wolf-dog conflicts to the DNR immediately to allow a timely investigation.
≤ Become familiar with coyote and dog tracks so they can be correctly distinguished from wolf tracks.
≤ Consider adding bells or beepers to dog collars. Some hunters have reported this can help reduce wolf attacks.
≤ Remain up to date on wolf-dog conflicts in the area you plan to recreate in by periodically checking the map on the Michigan DNR webpage, “Wolf-Dog Conflicts.”
Ishpeming’s public notice said that it is best to avoid areas of recent wolf activities to minimize conflict between wolves and dogs. Typical sites are forest openings or edge areas and often are near water.
Activities can be identified by the concentration of tracks, droppings and animal carcasses.
To remain up to date on wolf-dog conflicts in the area, visit michigan.gov/dnr/education/michigan-species/mammals/wolves-in-michigan/wolf-dog-conflicts or contact Marquette Operations Service Center at 906-228-6561.