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 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.
An official says four hunting dogs have died after two separate reported wolf attacks in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
The design will elevated rock outcroppings from which the wolves can survey their surroundings and zoo visitors.