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      Michigan Senate passes pro-wolf hunt initiative

      The Michigan Senate has passed legislation to keep intact the state's power to allow wolf hunts.

      The initiated bill submitted by hunting groups would override two referendums on the November ballot backed by groups that oppose hunting wolves in the Upper Peninsula. The measure won approval on a 23-10 vote Wednesday in the Republican-led Senate, mostly along party lines.

      The House will meet Aug. 27.

      The Natural Resources Commission scheduled the first wolf hunt in decades under authority granted by the Legislature last year. But that law and another one are on hold pending the November statewide votes.

      Opponents of wolf hunting say lawmakers should let the voters decide the issue. Proponents say decisions on hunting are best left to state experts based on science.