Wolf Hunt Legislation Passes in Senate with Major Changes
MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The Michigan Senate has approved an amended version of a bill that allows the Michigan Natural Resources Commission to designate certain species as game animals.
However, the Senate removed from the measure a controversial appropriation, which would have made it immune from referendum. Senate Republican Tom Casperson of Escanaba, a supporter of the appropriation, says they were removing it from the bill “because of the controversy over it.”
He says the bill, which started as a debate over whether or not wolves can be hunted in the Upper Peninsula, can now be debated just on the science and the merit.
The bills, which were approved largely along party lines with Republicans supporting and Democrats opposing, now go to the Michigan House for consideration.
A referendum effort which would block a wolf hunting season is rendered moot with the bill, however since the appropriation was removed, opponents of it could still organize a new referendum to stop the new legislation, if it gets final approval and is signed by the Governor.
The legislation also prohibits the NRC from designating any species as game if voters specifically voted to prohibit such hunting.
In 2006, voters rejected mourning dove hunting in Michigan.
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