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By Emily Lawler
LANSING, MI — Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday signed into law a bill that would put Michigan in a position to allow wolf hunting if the federal government ever dropped federal protection of the species.
Specifically, the bill would empower the Natural Resources Commission to designate a hunting season on gray wolves, should they be delisted as an endangered species. The commission was empowered to do this under a previous law, but that law was struck down by the Michigan Court of Appeals.
Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, introduced the new version of the bill. He’s been behind previous bills to allow wolf hunts in Michigan as well.
The new version passed the Senate 27-10 and the House 69-39. It includes a $1 million appropriation, meaning citizens could not overturn the law through a referendum. Read the legislation here.