If you listened closely Wednesday night, you may have heard the feint sound of wolves howling coming from the Michigan House, as legislators gave final approval that would allow wolf hunting if the animal is ever taken off the federal endangered species list.

This legislation is now on its way to Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk, and it’s the latest shot in a year-long battle over Michigan wolf hunting.

The Michigan Court of Appeals shot down a third wolf hunting law last month. “The petition-initiated measure violated the state constitution’s ‘title-object clause’ by also requiring free hunting licenses for military veterans. The new measure, like the law struck down last month, includes an appropriation making it immune from referendum,” The Detroit News reports.

Michigan had its first-ever wolf hunt back in 2013, but Great Lakes gray wolves found themselves back on the endangered species list in 2014.

If the status ever changes again, however, this new legislation would allow the Natural Resources Commission to designate wolves as a game species, which in a sense would pave the way for a new wolf hunting season. There are still some pretty big hoops to jump through, but wolf hunting is yet another step closer to becoming a real thing in Michigan.

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  • nero88888

    harvest wolf hunters, not wolves

  • NormMackey

    So, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Natural Resource Commission will, should they decide to use this “tool”, have to hold hearings on wolves, at which we will discover:
    Are Michigan’s DNR and NRC too stupid to realize hunting and trapping wolves reduces the average pack size?
    Are they too stupid to realize that reducing average pack size drives reproduction rates up, i.e. a new pair/pack typically bears twice as many pups per adult as a pack of 4?
    Are they too stupid to realize that reducing a pack of 4 to 2 likely frees territory for another pair/pack to live in, so it means two litters for the same number of wolves in the same area the next spring?
    Are they too stupid to realize that all these unnaturally numerous pups have to be fed?
    Are they too stupid to realize a growing pup eats several times more growing to full size than an adult canine does in that same time?
    Are they too stupid to look at how a mere two wolf hunting seasons nextdoor in Wisconsin have given that state unnaturally small packs and huge reproductive rate, or will they studiously ignore what is in front of their face?
    And will they be, or more likely pretend to be, too stupid to put those facts together and see the idiocy of managing wolves using hunting and trapping, even if it is their favorite tool?