Gray wolves in Michigan are protected by federal law once more.
It’s the latest offensive in a 12-year battle over whether the predator species is secure enough to allow hunting and trapping or should retain its federal shield.
“It’s helpful to have as many eyes as possible looking…”
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.
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.
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.