Meet the Species

Meet the Species

Without hard work and funding, several of the species below may have disappeared in Michigan. Wildlife management is crucial to maintain the thriving wildlife we enjoy today. The habitat improvements, disease prevention and species restoration efforts done by dedicated professionals and volunteers alike are funded primarily by hunting and fishing license revenue – not from taxes.

Elk

  • Michigan’s elk disappeared by the late 1800s
  • Today’s elk herd dates to 1918
  • Michigan’s population goal is between 500 and 900 elk. As of January 2019, the elk population was approximately 1,196
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Kirtland's Warbler

  • They winter in Bahamas for eight months
  • Population: Over 2,000 nesting pairs
  • Listed as an endangered species
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Lake Sturgeon

  • Can live up to 100 years
  • Can grow up to 7 feet in length
  • Can weigh up to 200 pounds
  • Listed as a state threatened species
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Osprey

  • Females are slightly larger than males
  • Ospreys generally pair for life
  • There are over 250 nests statewide
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Turkey

  • Wild turkeys roost in trees at night
  • A group of turkeys is called a “rafter”
  • Baby turkeys are called “poults”
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White-Tail Deer

  • Found in every Michigan county
  • Most live in female-led family groups
  • Like cows, deer have four stomachs
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