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Points North, Ep. 45: Poaching and illegal baiting disrupts Michigan’s elk herd

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Taylor Wizner
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Interlochen Public Radio
Two bull elk lock antlers at the Gaylord city elk park.

This week on Points North, we dissect how many elk were poached this winter and why that number has increased. 

Plus, guides are illegally helping hunters bag an elk. What’s next for the guide industry?

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It's been one of the worst years for elk poaching in northern Michigan.

Northern Michigan sees spike in elk poaching

Last month, three more elk were poached in the Pigeon River State Forest.

It was the latest in a series of elk poaching that has made the past few months some of the worst in recent memory for Michigan’s elk herd.

Read the full story here. 

Elk guides struggle with cheaters in their ranks

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Guides are illegally baiting elk to help hunters get a shot.

Elk hunting crimes are up this year. Some elk guides say a lack of consequences for guides who break the rules, and increased competition to get hunters, is hurting the sport’s reputation.

Read the full story here. 

Ever since he was young, Dan has been fascinated with radio. From hearing the dulcet tones of John Gordon broadcast Minnesota Twins games, to staying up late listening to radio theater, he was captivated by the imaginative medium.
Taylor Wizner covers heath, tourism and other news for Interlochen Public Radio.