Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wolf hunt law approved by Michigan House after heated debate, Capitol protest | MLive.com

LANSING, MI — Wolf hunting can continue in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula — provided the Natural Resource Commission approves a second season.

The Republican-led state House on Wednesday approved and enacted a citizen-initiated law that will effectively undermine two anti-wolf hunt proposals set to appear on the November ballot.

The new law, sent to the Legislature via a statewide petition drive and approved by the Senate two weeks ago, reaffirms the ability of the NRC to name game species and establish hunting seasons. It does not require the governor's signature.

“It’s crucial to Michigan’s future that we respect and honor the fishing and hunting heritage by maintaining a factual, science-based approach,” said state Rep. Andrea LaFontaine, R-Columbus Township, who voted for the bill.

Leadership did not have to take up the proposal, and critics urged them to let it head to the ballot, where it would have competed with referendums on two previous wolf hunt laws that will now mean little.

Wolf hunt law approved by Michigan House after heated debate, Capitol protest | MLive.com

Michigan wolf hunt opponents plan Capitol rally with House expected to vote on initiated law | MLive.com

LANSING, MI — Michigan’s long-simmering debate over wolf hunting may come to a boil Wednesday, when the Republican-led state House is expected to enact a citizen-initiated law paving the way for future seasons.

Senate approval earlier this month was punctuated by accusations of special-interest influence on both sides of the issue and anti-democratic maneuvering.

A tentative House agenda for Wednesday includes the “Scientific Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act,” which would reaffirm the authority of the Natural Resources Commission to name new game species and establish hunts.

House Republican spokesperson Ari Adler said the agenda item does not necessarily mean there will be a vote, but opponents and proponents are both expecting action.

Michigan wolf hunt opponents plan Capitol rally with House expected to vote on initiated law | MLive.com

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Wolf Sighting in Jackson County

Ken G
Spring Arbor, MI

Date of Sighting" Saturday, August 16, 2014
Time of Sighting: 5:10 pm

Jackson County

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Livingston lawmakers call for scientists, not voters, to determine wolf hunt | Livingston Daily | livingstondaily.com

State Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg Township, this week voted to keep intact Michigan’s wolf hunt and the ability of an appointed panel to determine game species.

In the process, Hune supported one voter-driven proposal over another — a controversial move allowed in the state constitution.

The Legislature circumvents a public vote and a potential veto when it approves voter-initiated legislation.

Both Citizens for Professional Wildlife Management and Keep Michigan Wolves Protected gathered enough signatures for their proposals to appear on the Nov. 4 ballot.

Livingston lawmakers call for scientists, not voters, to determine wolf hunt | Livingston Daily | livingstondaily.com

Researcher is bitten while collaring wolf, kills the animal; wildlife official calls incident ‘very rare’ | Michigan news

Calling it “very rare,” a researcher attempting to collar a trapped wolf in the Upper Peninsula was bitten and the animal killed, Michigan wildlife officials say.

“He had placed a trap to try to get wolves radio-collared and when he approached this wolf it was just a little more aggressive than he was anticipating,” said DNR spokeswoman Debbie Munson Badini, of the Marquette office.

“It was definitely a bite; it broke the skin, but isn’t going to do long-term damage,”

The researcher, who was alone during the incident in Gogebic County last month, shot the wolf in the head, she said.

“We’ve have had other field staff bitten (by wolves). It’s not common but it’s not unheard of,” Munson Badini said.

Researcher is bitten while collaring wolf, kills the animal; wildlife official calls incident ‘very rare’ | Michigan news

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Pro-wolf hunt measure passes Michigan Senate | MLive.com

LANSING, MI — Michigan’s Republican-led Senate on Tuesday approved controversial legislation that could pave the way for future wolf hunting seasons despite two wolf protection proposals set to appear on the November ballot.

The initiated bill was sent to the state Legislature last month by Citizens For Professional Wildlife Management, a hunting and conservation coalition that collected an estimated 297,000 valid signatures in a statewide petition drive.

State senators returned from summer recess to vote on various legislation, including the wolf hunt measure. It was approved in a 23-10 vote, mostly along party lines, and now heads to the House for further consideration.

Pro-wolf hunt measure passes Michigan Senate | MLive.com

Wolf Sighting in Kent County

Larry P
Cedar Springs, MI

Date of Sighting: Monday, August 11, 2014
Time of Sighting: 14:30

Kent County

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