The Michigan Governor has signed the wolf hunting bill into law.
A couple weeks ago we told you how Michigan lawmakers pushed through a lame duck session bill that could potentially allow wolf hunting in the Great Lakes state again.
That bill has now been signed into law by Governor Rick Snyder.
The new law doesn’t actually open up a season for wolves. That’s because the animals are still under federal protection. But the law does make it possible for the DNR to make a season if the animals are dropped from the endangered species list.
Wolf hunting has been highly controversial in Michigan, with citizens voting down a similar measure once already.
Groups like Keep Michigan Wolves Protected have cited citizens voting against the matter as a reason against a potential hunting season. “What part of ‘No’ do Governor Snyder and so many Republican legislators not understand?” the group wrote on their Facebook page when the news of Snyder signing the bill broke last Thursday.
However, some have argued there is an unfair disconnect between voters and politicians in the more populous regions of southern Michigan and the less-populated northern areas where the wolves actually live.
“Some of my colleagues from downstate don’t understand our unique issues in the Upper Peninsula,” Democratic State Representative Scott Dianda told Keewanaw Report.
Dianda actually suggested some amendments for trapping and relocation of wolves prior to the bill getting to the House. Both were shot down.
“I offered these amendments to prove a point to them, as they did not support my amendments because they do not want wolves being located to their local communities,” he said.
If wolves are taken off the endangered species list, there will be pretty much nothing citizens can do to stop a hunt this time. Under a $1 million appropriation of the bill, the law cannot be overturned by citizens.