Michigan environmental regulators say they want to let hunters kill several dozen wolves this fall in three areas of the Upper Peninsula where they say other measures have failed to stop attacks on livestock and pets.
The Department of Natural Resources is scheduled to propose the hunt Thursday during a meeting of the Michigan Natural Resources Commission. The seven-member panel sets Michigan's hunting policies, including season lengths and locations.
DNR biologist Adam Bump says the proposed hunt aims to reduce conflicts with humans without affecting the U.P.'s overall wolf population.
Wolf-hunting opponents are seeking a 2014 referendum on a new law designating wolves as game animals. But regardless of the outcome, legislation introduced in the state Senate this week still might let the commission permit wolf hunting.