Posted at: 12/14/2012 1:46 PM
By: JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan is a step closer to allowing wolves to be hunted after the Legislature gave final approval to a bill designating the predator as a game species.
The House approved the bill Thursday and the Senate approved a technical amendment Friday after passing the measure earlier. It now goes to Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature.
Wolves in the Upper Great Lakes region were removed from the federal endangered species list in January, four decades after they were given legal protection to prevent them from going extinct in the lower 48 states.
The population has rebounded and now totals about 700 in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
Although the bill authorizes hunting seasons for wolves, a decision on whether and when to have them will be made by the Natural Resources Commission.
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