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Senate committee pushes for wolf hunting season

National Parks Service

A state senate committee wants state wildlife officials to authorize a wolf hunting season this year. The committee approved a resolution calling for such a season on Wednesday.

The resolution calls on the Natural Resources Commission to authorize and the Department of Natural Resources to organize wolf hunting and trapping as part of this year’s wolf management efforts.

Humane Society of the United States Michigan director Molly Tamulevich opposes the resolution.

“Opening a wolf hunting and trapping season in Michigan is scientifically unsupportable.”

The last wolf hunt here was in 2013. There are roughly 700 wolves in the U.P. 

The Trump administration removed grey wolves from the endangered species list. But the Biden administration is reviewing that decision. State wildlife officials say they want to wait until the legal status of wolves is more permanently settled.