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Wolf attacks up in Michigan's Upper Peninsula in 2014


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - Wolf attacks in Michigan's Upper Peninsula killed at least 26 cattle and 17 hunting dogs last year.

MLive.com says the numbers come from the Department of Natural Resources, through Dec. 22. The number of attacks, 35, was higher than the 20 reported in 2013.

  DNR spokesman Debbie Munson Badini says it's hard to draw many conclusions. She says wolves may have turned more to cattle and dogs because harsh winters have cut the number of deer. The dogs were killed while hunting or being trained.

  The DNR estimates there were more than 630 wolves in the Upper Peninsula last year, compared to 658 in 2013. A wolf hunt in 2013 killed 22. There was no hunt last year.

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