RELEASE: MUCC Praises Legislature for Passing Wolf BillDecember 18th, 2012
Lansing, MI — The Michigan House of Representatives passed SB 1350 on December 12, 2012 to declare wolves a game species in Michigan. The bill authorizes the Natural Resources Commission (NRC) to create a wolf hunting season and establishes an advisory board to examine wolf management options. The bill has been presented to the Governor to sign into law.
“This bill confirms our state’s commitment to the scientific management of our natural resources and to the North American model of conservation, which has successfully employed hunting to manage wildlife for over a century,” said Erin McDonough, Executive Director of the Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC). “This bill would not have passed without the strong support of MUCC members and partners, who made phone calls and sent emails to their legislators to ensure its passage.
After SB 1350 becomes law, the advisory board it creates will convene to review management options before the NRC can establish a wolf hunting season. Under Proposal G of 1996, the NRC is required to use sound science in making wildlife management decisions, including whether to establish hunting seasons.
The state acquired management authority for its wolf population from the federal government in 2011 based upon its Wolf Management Plan, which listed hunting as an acceptable management tool. Michigan wolves were delisted from the Endangered Species Act after more than tripling the original population goals established for their removal from Endangered Species List.
Michigan United Conservation Clubs is the largest statewide conservation organization in the nation, dedicated to uniting Michigan citizens in defense of the rights to hunt, fish and trap and to promote the wise use of our natural resources for present and future generations.