Michigan Now Considering Wolf Hunt

Friday, November 30th, 2012 at 7:05 am

Wolf hunts took place this fall in both Minnesota and Wisconsin, and now it appears that Michigan could follow suit.

The Michigan Senate has approved a bill that would designate the gray wolf as a game species, a possible step toward allowing hunters to kill them.

The Associated Press reports that State Senators approved the measure Thursday on a 23-15 vote. It now goes to the House, where a similar measure is pending.

Wolves have long been classified as an endangered species in Michigan. They were hunted to near-extinction in most of the lower 48 states until their placement on state and federal protection lists, which made it illegal to kill them.

The AP reports that the bill gives the Natural Resources Commission authority to decide whether to establish wolf hunting seasons.

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