A panel will now decide whether to allow continued wolf hunts, instead of leaving the matter up to the voters.
The proposal before the Legislature now is designed to prevent November referendums on two laws that cleared the way for Michigan’s first wolf hunt in decades.
“The wolves are struggling…There’s definitely a chance they might not last much longer.”
A gray wolf that fled Isle Royale National Park across a Lake Superior ice bridge and was found dead on the mainland had been shot with a pellet from an air gun, officials said Friday.
The loss is a blow to an already struggling wolf population at Isle Royale National Park, which has fallen sharply in recent years.
Friday was the start of the wolf hunt, which is the first in the state since the animal was placed on the endangered species list nearly 40 years ago.
Michigan’s first authorized wolf hunt since the animal went on the endangered species list four decades ago will begin Nov. 15.
It may take days, weeks or even longer to sort out the avalanche of bills enacted in the Michigan Legislature’s lame-duck session, as majority Republicans put their stamp on policies dealing with topics as diverse as property taxes, medical marijuana and cockfighting.
A member of Congress is proposing legislation to remove federal protections of gray wolves across the lower 48 states.