Michigan wolf hunting: Everything you need to know about Proposal 1 and 2 on the 2014 ballot

THE PROPOSALS: Michigan Proposal 1 and Proposal 2 are both referendums on two separate laws. The first law designated wolves as a game species and authorized hunting seasons. The second law gave those same powers to the Natural Resources Commission, which approved the state’s first ever hunt last year. More >>

YES OR NO? Casting two "no" votes would repeal both wolf hunting laws, which were suspended after a group called Keep Michigan Wolves Protected launched two separate petition drives and collected enough signatures to put the referendums on the ballot. Two "yes" votes would reinstate both laws and immediately make wolf hunting legal again. More >>

A NEWER LAW: A separate group called Citizens For Professional Wildlife Management used a petition drive for citizen-initiated legislation that the Republican-led Legislature approved in August. The newer law, which affirms the authority of the NRC to establish wolf hunting seasons, is set to take effect in March or April. More >>

WILL YOUR VOTE MATTER? Depends who you ask. Wolf hunt opponents say they plan to challenge the newer law in court and argue the ballot proposals remain an important step in stopping future hunts. Wolf hunt supporters say the proposals won’t have any practical affect and will function as little more than an exit poll. At the very least, you can voice your support or displeasure. More >>

ASIAN CARP IMMUNITY: The newest wolf hunt law contains a $1 million appropriation to fight Asian Carp, which makes it immune to voter referendum under the current interpretation of the Michigan Constitution. Two other petition drives would have extended the power of referendums to bills with appropriations, but both efforts fell short. More >> 

THE MONEY: Keep Michigan Wolves protected has raised more than $2 million in the past two years and is running television commercials ahead of the election. The group is largely funded by the Humane Society of the United States. Citizens For Professional Wildlife Management raised around $810,000 for its petition drive, mostly from hunting groups, but isn’t spending much to fight the ballot proposals. More>>

THE NUMBERS: There are about 636 grey wolves in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, up from just six in the 1970s. Hunting advocates argue the population warrants stronger management to reduce conflicts with livestock and comfort levels around humans. Opponents argue that hunting could halt recovery of a species only a few years removed from endangered status and say reported conflicts are overblown but can be managed without a hunt. More >>

JUSTIFICATION: An MLive.com investigation found government half-truths, falsehoods and livestock numbers skewed by a single farmer distorted some arguments for the inaugural hunt. The farmer in question ended up shutting down his main farm after he was charged with animal cruelty, but attacks have continued on other farms, and supporters say a hunt is still justified. More >>

 


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In the 2014 general election, Michigan voters soundly rejected two referendums on the trophy hunting and trapping of the state’s small population of wolves. But now, the Michigan legislature has rushed through another bill, SB 1187, to once again designate wolves as a game species to be hunted and trapped—in spite of that public rejection of an almost identical measure at the ballot box just two years ago...


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Keep Wolves Protected is endorsed by a number of organizations and citizens including:

  • Kalamazoo Humane Society
  • Pamela Graves, DVM
  • Detroit Audubon Society
  • Michigan Animal Shelter Rescue Network
  • Aaron Payment, Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians
  • Voiceless-MI
  • Humane Society of Huron Valley
  • Detroit Zoological Society

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