Michigan House Bill 5834, introduced Wednesday by Rep. Matt Huuki, proposes Michigan’s first modern-day hunting season for gray wolves. The proposed hunt would occur in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, which is the only part of the state with a wolf population.
It is estimated that there are between 700 and 1,000 wolves in Michigan, according to a Lansing State Journal story written by Louise Knott Ahern. That is up from a low of six in 1973, when the species was put on the endangered species list. The wolves were removed from the endangered list about eight months ago.
If the bill passes, Michigan’s Natural Resources Commission would set the rules for the hunt. Like in Minnesota and Wisconsin, however, the debate leading up to any hunting season is sure to be polarizing and could potentially involve lawsuits. We’ll post updates as they become available.