Final wolf hunting decision in hands of state agency

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Michigan voters have weighed in on wolf hunting in the state.

Both Proposal 1 and Proposal 2 which would authorize annual wolf hunting seasons and designate wolves as a game animal were defeated.

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Although the majority of people voted “no,” the final decision rests in the hands of the Michigan Natural Resources Commission.

The commission was given powers to make hunting decisions in Michigan after a citizen-led, pro-hunting initiative passed in the state House in August.

When lawmakers voted to give power over wolf hunting to the Natural Resources Commission it effectively took it out of the hands of the voters, as the proposals were already in the works.

Despite that, both groups wanted to see where voters stood on the issue.

Hunting decisions by the Natural Resources Commission will go into effect in March, but the move is being challenged in court by Keep Michigan Wolves Protected.

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