The Michigan Legislature passed a bill on Wednesday that would clear the way for the continued hunting of wolves.
The Scientific Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act will do three things. It gives the Natural Resources Commission authority to declare game species in Michigan, offers free hunting and fishing licenses to active military, and gives $1 million to the Department of Natural Resources towards the prevention of invasive species like Asian carp.
"People have made this into a wolf hunting bill, it's not, it's actually a scientific game management bill," says Debbie Munson Badini of the Michigan DNR. "It gives the NRC the ability to declare game species, which could include wolves in the future once they get the authority to do that, but it does not actually specifically refer to wolves.
The bill goes into effect next March.