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Michigan group wants voters to restrict wolf hunting

Just days after Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation making a gray wolf hunting season a possibility, one group announced it will challenge the law through a referendum campaign.

A petition committee, Keep Michigan Wolves Protected, is attempting to gather 225,000 signatures in the next two and a half months for a statewide ballot question that would protect wolves from being hunted as a trophy animal.

Wolves were hunted and pushed out of Michigan in the early 20th century, but began to return in the 1980s. In 1974, they were listed as an endangered species by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. That designation prohibited farmers and residents from killing the animals, even if livestock was being attacked.

With Michigan’s wolf population nearing 700 in the Upper Peninsula and the federal protection now lifted, all bets are off. Michigan’s Natural Resources Commission will decide if a wolf hunting season will be established…

Read the entire article on detroitnews.com: Michigan group wants voters to restrict wolf hunting

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