LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan House has taken a step toward allowing
once-endangered gray wolves to be hunted.
A bill designating wolves as a game species was approved Thursday on a vote of
66-43. The Senate approved the measure in November and will consider a minor House amendment before
sending the bill to Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature.
Wolves were removed from the endangered list earlier this year after rebounding from near-extinction in the upper Great Lakes region. About
700 are believed to live in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
Supporters of the bill say it's time to allow hunters and trappers to thin the population. They say wolves are killing livestock and venturing too close to towns. The
Humane Society of the United States has said it may sue to restore federal protections.
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Michigan is governed as a republic, with three branches of government: executive, legislative and judicial. The state also allows direct participation of the electorate by initiative, referendum, recall, and ratification.