Senate OKs bill that could allow wolf hunt

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – The Republican-led Michigan Senate has approved legislation that could allow wolf hunting despite a proposed referendum designed to stop the practice.

Legislation passed on a 25 to 11 vote Thursday would allow the Natural Resources Commission designate game species, which currently only the Legislature can do.

The bill passed Thursday does not include the $1 million appropriation that would have prevented it from being added to a ballot under Michigan law.

Lawmakers approved designating wolves as a game species last year, but opponents recently gathered more than 240,000 signatures to request a statewide vote on whether the animals should be hunted.

Opponents say the measure is an attempt by lawmakers to suppress the voice of the people.

The bill now head to the House.

For more on the story see Friday’s edition of The Mining Journal