Hunt/Fish – Buh-Bye Wolves: “Irrevocable” Wolf Hunting Bill Passes Michigan Senate Committee

A Republican-led Senate Committee in the Michigan legislature approved on Thursday a wolf hunting bill that cannot be overturned through a future referendum. According to the Associated Press, Senate Bill 288 contains a $1 million appropriation that prevents it from being blocked by referendums, such as those seen elsewhere in the country. The bill will empower the state’s Natural Resources Commission to designate game animals, providing the department with far more authority than previously.

Animal rights groups have long decried the hunting of wolves, which became the target of management programs after their delisting from the Endangered Species List last year. Gray wolves were previously the subject of federal protection programs that sought to return the species to their natural ranges after a dramatic decrease in their population. Recently, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service deemed the species sufficiently recovered and removed it from federal protection in early 2012. Over 161,000 signatures mark a petition by the group Keep Michigan Wolves Protected (KMWP) to call for a referendum on a 2012 law that allowed a wolf season. The introduction of Senate Bill 288 is seen by opponents of wolf hunting as a move to circumvent the referendum before it gets to voters.

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  • TheyCallMeChilly

    I am a fan of hunting. That being said, I would never hunt a wolf. Its a personal preference, I couldn’t harm anything that looks that close to a dog. But the rights of others to hunt wolves should not be infringed upon. If there is no problem hunting the species, then it should be legal as it has been since the founding of this country. End of debate.

    • Texokie

      Coyotes are close to dogs, and although I am a hunter and cattleman, I shoot all I can. Left unchecked, they will totally wipe-out other beneficial species,,,,,just as feral hogs will do. I love wolves, in their natural habitat, but the numbers must be kept in control/balance with human interests. A season can accomplish that balance.

  • texas57

    population control, a pack of wolves can hurt cattlemen in a short time by destroying the calf population. shoot on michigan

  • Dalgast

    How about we start hunting politicians, they do a hell of a lot more damage the all the wolves put together. I know there are more then a few I’d love to see their head mounted and hung over my mantle, actually, that isn’t true, I’d put them out in the yard so my dogs would have something to hike their leg on.

  • polaris

    Shoot all the damn wolves as far as I care. They have decimated the elk population here in Idaho!

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