The group Keep Michigan Wolves Protected submitted more than 255,000 petition signatures on March 27 to suspend a law passed last December classifying wolves as a game species and giving the state’s Natural Resources Commission permission to establish a hunt.
Governor Rick Snyder signed a separate measure earlier this month giving the NRC the authority to designate a species as a game species without the Legislature’s permission, essentially nullifying the petition effort.
A day later, the commission approved a limited wolf hunting and trapping season in three areas in the Upper Peninsula between November 15 and December 31.
Keep Michigan Wolves Protected Director Jill Fritz says the group will continue to support the ballot referendum and is considering other options, including another referendum campaign to place the new law on the ballot in November 2014.
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