With wolf hunts slated to launch in Wisconsin and Minnesota this fall, a third Great Lakes state could soon open a season on wolves as well.
Michigan House Bill 5834, introduced last week by Rep. Matt Huuki, proposes Michigan’s first modern-day hunting season for gray wolves. The proposed hunt would occur in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, which is the only part of the state with a wolf population.
It is estimated that there are between 700 and 1,000 wolves in Michigan, according to a Lansing State Journal story written by Louise Knott Ahern. That is up from a low of six in 1973, when the species was put on the endangered species list. The wolves were removed from the endangered list about eight months ago.
If the bill passes, Michigan’s Natural Resources Commission would set the rules for the hunt. Unlike in Minnesota and Wisconsin, the details of the hunt would be set by the state wildlife department. In the other states, many details, including some of the most debated and opposed provisions were mandated by the state legislatures.
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