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      Governor Snyder talks wolf hunt

      Governor Rick Snyder addressed the wolf hunt while in Menominee.

      On Thursday night the Natural Resources Commission voted in favor of the hunt. They were given the go ahead to make the decision, after Governor Snyder signed bills passed by the legislature.

      Nancy Warren, an Eben resident and the Great Lakes regional director of the National Wolfwatcher Coalition, said the bill Snyder signed and the NRC's decision is a "direct assault on our democracy and the right of citizens to challenge wildlife laws."

      She also said the state chose to ignore sound science. The governor disagreed.

      "The bill was really about giving scientifically sound management and isn't that how we should do it? They can always look to say they have an issue with this law, but as a practical matter, it's hard to argue with sound science," said Governor Rick Snyder.

      The hunt will run from November 15 through December 31, in three separate hunt regions. They include 16 wolves in unit a of Gogebic County, 19 wolves total for unit B, covering portions of Baraga, Houghton, Ontonagon and Gogebic counties, as well as 8 wolves in Luce and Mackinac counties.

      There will be 1,200 licenses sold over the counter only, on a first come, first served basis. The cost is $100 dollars for Michigan residents and $500 for non-residents.

      Despite the cost, Leach still expects strong interest from local hunters. The licenses will be sold starting on August 3.