Opponents of a plan to allow wolf hunting in Michigan have raised the most among groups backing four statewide ballot drives.
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.
The measure lets the state Natural Resources Commission decide which types of animals can be hunted.
Next stop: Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk.
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.
Bear hunters will tell you that a good way to attract a bear is to put out bait. And in 10 states, including Michigan and Wisconsin, that’s perfectly legal. Hunting dogs are another useful technique in the bear-hunter’s toolkit, and 17 states say that’s just fine.
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.
The Humane Society of the United States and other groups are suing to restore federal protections for wolves in the western Great Lakes region.