Animal advocates declared victory after the defeat of two proposals in Michigan that would have allowed for trophy and game hunting of the state's 638 wolves. Michigan was slated to re-join Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, Wisconsin and Wyoming, where more than 2,200 wolves have been killed over the past two years.
Jill Fritz, director of Keep Michigan Wolves Protected, a coalition of conservation groups, animal welfare organizations and Native American tribes, said in a statement:
"The citizens of Michigan have voted by wide margins to reject both laws enacted by the legislature, not only rejecting wolf hunting but also the attempt to transfer authority to the Natural Resources Commission to declare hunting seasons on protected species."
Proponents of the state's wolf hunt argue that it's used as a tool for population management.
Gavin Shire, Chief of Public Affairs of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, told The Dodo in a statement:
"The state of Michigan is responsible for managing its wolf population per their approved management plan, which, along with other state plans in the region, was intrinsic in the delisting of the Western Great Lakes population of the gray wolf in 2011. This plan provides the state with ability to hunt wolves, but whether they exercise that option is a state matter."
The fight isn't over yet, though. Back in August, the state's legislature passed a third law to duplicate one of the proposals and effectively bypass voters. But Keep Michigan Wolves Protected plans to challenge this law in court as unconstitutional. There will be no wolf hunt this year, but future hunts remain up in the air.
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