Today, State Rep. Steve Johnson introduced a resolution calling on the National Park Service to establish a moose tag lottery hunt on Isle Royale, in order to help control the island’s increasing moose population.
“Hunting is the best wildlife management tool we have,” said Johnson. “It’s time the National Park Service bring in hunters to help manage the out-of-control moose population.”
Isle Royale is a remote island in Lake Superior that is home to a moose population that has grown from 500 in 2010 to nearly 2,000, according to a report compiled by Michigan Technological University (MTU). MTU’s “Wolf Study 2019-2020 Annual Report” estimated the average growth rate of the island’s moose population is 19 percent each year from 2012-2019.
The increased moose population on Isle Royale has created an ongoing ecological dilemma as the moose feed on the park’s balsam fir trees and other vegetation, causing tension between the slowly growing trees and plants versus the rapidly expanding moose herd. Approximately forty national parks currently allow some form of hunting as part of their wildlife management practices, and previous attempts to introduce additional wolves to balance out the moose to wolf ratio have not resulted in a long-term sustainable balance of predator and prey, as there are currently only 14 wolves on Isle Royale.
“It’s not often we have the opportunity to give hunters a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that also helps protect Michigan’s most pristine national park, while spurring economic growth in the western U.P.,” said Johnson. “This is a true win-win-win.”
House Resolution 30 has been referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation for further consideration.
Michigan’s House Oversight Committee heard testimony today on House Bill 4667, which would prohibit state and local governments from requiring vaccine passports. “Government should not be dividing us into two classes of people based on a personal medical choice”, said Oversight Chair Steve Johnson. “This legislation is an important step towards protecting the rights of the people of Michigan.”
Rep. Johnson, Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, talks about the issuance of a subpoena Thursday for the appearance of former MDHHS Director Robert Gordon. Rep. Johnson says the Committee needs to pursue answers from Gordon after it came to light that he received $155,000 in exchange for his signing of a confidential non-disclosure agreement […]
House Oversight Committee Chairman Steve Johnson talks about Thursday’s committee testimony from former Department of Health and Human Services Director Robert Gordon about his departure from the administration in January and the ensuing $155,000 settlement agreement. Rep. Johnson argues the agreement violated the Michigan Constitution.
Under the direction of Chairman Steve Johnson, the House Oversight Committee has issued a subpoena for the appearance of former MDHHS Director Robert Gordon. The Committee recently received subpoena power to investigate non-disclosure payments and separation agreements between state employees and their employers. Rep. Steve Johnson, Chairman of the Oversight Committee, has pursued answers from […]