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The measure establishes wolves as a game animal, and gives the Michigan Natural Resources Commission the power to create a wolf hunting season, if it so chooses.
Some critics of the bill say the current population of 700 wolves in the state is not enough to allow hunting the animal. But others, including farmers and many Upper Peninsula residents, say the wolves are becoming a threat to farm livestock, pets and people.
States such as Minnesota, Wisconsin and Montana have approved similar legislation. Up to 50 livestock deaths per year have been attributed to the state’s wolf population, according to supporters of the bill.
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