2013-01-03 / News

Commission to address law for gray wolf hunt

NRC will set season, hunting license fees

LANSING (AP) – A Michigan commission now has the authority to establish hunting seasons for the gray wolf under a law signed by Gov. Rick Snyder.

The Natural Resources Commission is expected to get an update on the once-imperiled species in January.

The number of wolves in Michigan is about 700 and has grown since the federal government outlawed killing wolves four decades ago to keep them from going extinct in the lower 48 states.

The law, signed Friday, was sponsored by state Sen. Tom Casperson. It allows the Natural Resource Commission to create a gray wolf season in Michigan and establishes a wolf hunting license with associated fees.

It removes the gray wolf from the furbearer list and adds it to the list of game species in Michigan. The bill establishes a wolf hunting license and sets fees for licenses.

Supporters say wolves are too prevalent in some areas of the Upper Peninsula. Opponents say it’s not time to kill wolves once protected from extinction.

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