The future of Michigan wolves is in the voters' hands
On this year’s ballot, the only state-wide proposals that are listed deal with the topic of wolf hunting in Michigan.
Proponents of wolf hunting in Michigan haven’t made their case for the two statewide ballot proposals. They talk in terms of protecting farmers in the UP. But hunting predatory wolves is already legal. They say a hunting season is needed so that wolves get the message to stay away, but there’s very little evidence that works.
The grey wolf was taken off the federal list of protected species in 2012, having recovered from being nearly hunted to extinction by the mid-twentieth century. A year later, the state of Michigan held its first grey wolf hunt and a total of 22 wolves were killed, about half the permitted quota for the season.
The midterm elections are next week, and they include a number of important ballot proposals, including ones in Michigan that can save wolves from being hunted and let voters decide how animals are treated.
Nobody likes to be told what to do. Nobody likes to be scolded for what they have done.
But sometimes there is no alternative.
This autumn, the people of Michigan owe Lansing’s political bosses a serious dressing down.
Gentlemen and ladies of the Legislature, go to the woodshed, please. And lobbyists, get out of the way.
Michigan voters will find two referendum proposals on the Nov. 4 ballot. The Sierra Club Michigan Chapter is confident that if citizens review the facts carefully, they’ll vote “no” on both measures and will restore some control over future wildlife matters in our state.
Kristen Bell, the Michigan-born actress best known as the voice of Anna in "Frozen" and her titular role as teen detective "Veronica Mars," is speaking out about wolf hunting proposals set to appear on the November 4 general ballot.
It may be merely symbolic, but Michigan voters will get a chance during the Nov. 4 election to send a message about whether hunters should be permitted to target the gray wolf, a hardy predator staking a new claim to the Upper Peninsula a half-century after being shot, poisoned and trapped into statewide oblivion.
Michigan is home to fewer than 650 wolves. Once critically endangered with only three wolves recorded in 1989, their population has recovered under government protection.
Should Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) create a wolf-hunting season? That question will be on the statewide ballot this November.