SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — Officials say a dog has died following a wolf attack in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, bringing the total number of dogs killed in recent days to five. reports the Michigan Department of Natural Resources says the attack happened Wednesday and killed a beagle in Chippewa County.

Earlier, the DNR said four hunting dogs had died after two separate wolf attacks. Those were reported Monday and Wednesday in Schoolcraft and Delta counties. To date, the DNR says there have been 16 wolf attacks on dogs or livestock this year.

The attacks come ahead of debate in Lansing about wolf hunting. The Michigan Legislature could move as early as next week to pass a pro-hunting law designed to make moot two statewide referendums in November that would stop state-sanctioned wolf hunts.


Information from: The Grand Rapids,