Gray wolves in Michigan are protected by federal law once more.
Several members of Congress are preparing legislation to take gray wolves in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Wyoming off the endangered list.
No more hunting or trapping — effective immediately.
State officials are inviting the public to comment as they revise a plan for overseeing Michigan’s gray wolf population.
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.
Officials with Michigan’s Natural Resources Commission have confirmed there won’t be a gray wolf hunt this year.
The bill was designed to keep voters from stopping future hunts in referendums in November.
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 reality, there’s very little risk to livestock and wolves are really important to the ecosystem,” Kagan said.