Michigan Senate votes to allow wolf hunting (again)

Lansing — Michigan’s Republican-led Senate on Thursday fired the latest shot in the battle over wolf hunting, approving a bill that would allow a commission to designate wolves as a game species if they are ever removed from the federal endangered species list.The legislation echoes a 2014 wolf law struck down last month by the Michigan Court of Appeals, which ruled the petition-initiated measure violated the state constitution’s “title-object clause” by also requiring free hunting licenses for military veterans.“We’re removing that. We’re dealing with that issue with the courts,” said Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba.Casperson sponsored two earlier wolf hunting laws that voters overturned in 2014 after petition drives and campaigns funded primarily by the anti-hunting Humane Society of the United States. The new measure, like the law struck down last month, includes an appropriation making it immune from referendum.

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