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Political Chicanery Puts Fragile Wolf Population at Risk

Latest wolf census shows decrease in Michigan
LANSING, Mich. – In a blatant display of political bullying that will put Michigan’s declining wolf population further at risk, members of a state Senate committee voted 5-2 Thursday to allow unelected members of the Natural Resources Commission – and not the voters of Michigan – to determine if wolves should be hunted and trapped for trophies after decades of protection.

253,705 Signatures Submitted to Place Wolf Hunting Referendum on 2014 Ballot

More than 2,000 Michigan volunteers rallied to gather signatures in 67-day period

LANSING, Mich. – Keep Michigan Wolves Protected submitted 253,705 signatures to the Secretary of State’s office, that, when certified, will place any plans for a wolf hunting season on hold until Michigan voters decide the issue at the ballot box in November 2014. During a short 67-day period, the coalition far surpassed the 161,305 valid signatures needed to qualify for the ballot.

Michigan Veterinarians Back Ballot Effort to Keep Wolves Protected

LANSING, Mich. – More than 100 Michigan veterinarians have endorsed the effort to prevent the authorization of a wolf hunting season in Michigan. Keep Michigan Wolves Protected, a coalition of animal welfare groups, conservationists, veterinarians, Native American tribes, hunters, faith leaders and others, is seeking to gather 225,000 signatures of Michigan voters by late March to place the question on the November 2014 ballot.

Coalition to Stop Michigan Wolf Hunt Finds Overwhelming Public Support While Collecting Signatures for Ballot

LANSING, Mich. – Keep Michigan Wolves Protected, a coalition working to place a referendum on the November 2014 ballot, has gathered more than 100,000 signatures to overturn a law allowing hunting of Michigan’s small wolf population. With three weeks remaining before the state-mandated March 27 deadline to gather signatures for the 2014 ballot, Keep Michigan Wolves Protected is well within reach of its goal of 225,000 signatures.

Key Endorsements Announced by Keep Michigan Wolves Protected

Hunters, tribal leaders, animal welfare and environmental groups support referendum campaign to stop trophy hunting of wolves
LANSING, Mich. – Keep Michigan Wolves Protected announced a broad-based steering committee today in its referendum campaign to maintain the prohibition on trophy hunting and commercial trapping of the state’s small wolf population.

Referendum Campaign Launched to Keep Michigan Wolves Protected

Coalition launches petition drive to qualify for November 2014 ballot and stop trophy hunting of wolves
LANSING, Mich. – With the Michigan legislature approving a bill in the waning days of the lame duck session to allow the trophy hunting of wolves in Michigan for the first time in nearly 50 years, a coalition of animal welfare, conservation groups and Native American tribes is launching a referendum campaign to qualify for the November 2014 general election ballot.

The Humane Society of the United States Disappointed by Michigan Wolf Hunting Bill Signing

(Dec. 28, 2012) -- The Humane Society of the United States expressed its disappointment over Gov. Rick Snyder’s signing of legislation in Michigan that designates the wolf as a game species and authorizes the Natural Resources Commission to establish a wolf hunting season.

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Press Releases: Dec 14, 2016

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...


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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