Michigan hunters are in the final phases of collecting signatures on a statewide petition drive to allow the state’s controversial wolf hunt to continue.
Hunters killed 22 wolves in three specific zones in the Upper Peninsula last year. The hunt was the first after the gray wolf was removed from the endangered species list.
Drew YoungeDyke is a spokesman for the “Citizens for Professional Wildlife Management” campaign. He says they hope they can avoid an expensive ballot question campaign this fall. YoungeDyke says they can do that, if the Legislature makes their proposal law this summer.
“We do expect and are confident the Legislature will listen to the hundreds of thousands of their constituents who signed our petition and vote for this,” says YoungeDyke.
Hundreds of thousands of Michiganders have also signed petitions to do away with the wolf hunt.
Michigan voters will vote on two anti-wolf hunt ballot questions in November.