Michigan has postponed the sale of wolf hunting licenses until Sept. 28 to ensure technology can handle anticipated high demand.
But a new law makes the referendum a toothless gesture regardless of the outcome.
A state board has voted to allow a 6-week hunting season this year in which up to 43 wolves can be killed in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
Michigan is one step closer to an Upper Peninsula wolf hunt.
Legislation passed Thursday would empower the Natural Resources Commission to decide which types of wildlife could be hunted.
State wildlife regulators will propose letting hunters kill several dozen gray wolves this fall in three sections of the Upper Peninsula where other methods have failed to prevent attacks on livestock and pets.