Posted at: 05/27/2014 10:11 AM
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A group that favors hunting wolves in Michigan has turned in 374,000 petition signatures to bring the matter before lawmakers.
Citizens for Professional Wildlife Management said Tuesday its proposed initiated law would override two referendums on the November ballot intended to stop wolf hunting. Once election officials certify the measure, the Republican-led Legislature will have 40 days to vote.
If lawmakers don't pass it, it will go to voters.
The proposal would allow the Legislature or the appointed Natural Resources Commission to designate a species as game that could be hunted. The commission would be responsible for scheduling hunting seasons, based on scientific fish and wildlife management principles.
Michigan last year held its first wolf hunt since the animal was placed on the endangered species list nearly 40 years ago.
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