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.
Opposition groups and native Indian tribes in favor of protecting the wolves are campaigning for a statewide referendum on the new law
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources expects to make recommendations on a wolf hunting season by May or June.
A Michigan commission now has the authority to establish hunting seasons for the gray wolf under a law signed by Gov. Rick Snyder.
The state House has taken a step toward allowing recently-endangered gray wolves to be hunted.
Michigan moved a step closer to letting hunters target gray wolves Thursday, when the state Senate voted to designate the predator as a game species.