LANSING (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a law that would authorize wolf hunting if Congress or federal courts revisit the issue.

State lawmakers quickly passed the bill after the Michigan appeals court recently declared a 2014 law unconstitutional. The law signed Wednesday defines wolves as a game species and authorizes the Natural Resources Commission to designate game.

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Money in the law related to Asian carp control could shield it from a statewide referendum.

Wolf hunting is not allowed in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota because of a 2014 federal court ruling. A judge threw out an Obama administration decision to remove gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region from the endangered species list.

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Michigan’s only hunt was in 2013, when 22 wolves were killed in the Upper Peninsula.

 

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