Wolves are back on the list of huntable game in Michigan. But don’t grab your rifle just yet.
Wolves are still on the federal endangered species list, so a hunt cannot happen until they’re removed.
Gov. Rick Snyder signed a law adding the animal to the list Thursday, much to the chagrin of animal advocates.
A 2014 state law allowing wolf hunting was recently struck down by the Michigan Court of Appeals on a technicality.
At the polls, voters have said “no” to similar legislation multiple times.
Jill Fritz is the director of Keep Michigan Wolves Protected. She says she doesn’t understand why the Michigan government isn’t listening to voters.
“We’re appalled at the open contempt for Michigan voters that Governor Snyder demonstrated by signing this third wolf hunting bill into law,” Fritz says.
Proponents of the legislation say it’s needed to deal with the wolf population in places like the Upper Peninsula.
Anna Heaton is a spokesperson for the governor. She says his decision to sign the bill wasn’t about supporting wolf hunting. Rather, it was about science.
“There are legitimate instances of danger to humans and danger to livestock,” said Heaton. “This was something that he took into consideration that okay this is an actual problem and the natural resources commission needs to be able to regulate it.”
The law contains a small appropriation to fight Asian carp and other aquatic invasive species – which makes it immune to voter referendum.