A group called Keep Michigan Wolves Protected said it will appeal the court’s decision.
The DNR estimates there were more than 630 wolves in the Upper Peninsula last year, compared to 658 in 2013. The number of attacks, 35, was higher than the 20 reported in 2013.
Great Lakes Patrol says it created the reward program in response to recent wolf killings in the Upper Peninsula.
State officials are inviting the public to comment as they revise a plan for overseeing Michigan’s gray wolf population.
Jill Fritz from the Humane Society said that a third law passed over the summer would permit a hunt next year, but the group is suing claiming it’s unconstitutional.
However, the Legislature passed yet another pro-hunting bill this summer that will remain in effect.
It may be merely symbolic, but Michigan voters will get a chance during the Nov. 4 election to send a message about whether hunters should be permitted to target the gray wolf.
A panel will now decide whether to allow continued wolf hunts, instead of leaving the matter up to the voters.
If approved, it would nullify citizen referendums on the issue scheduled for the November election.
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.