Michigan Senate Bill 288 could have a direct impact on the debate over wolf hunts in Michigan.
The bill which gives Michigan's Natural Resource Commission exclusive authority to designate game animals is out of committee and headed to the senate floor.
Because the bill has state funding attached to it, it would essentially block the public from being able to vote on the issue, and that would kill the referendum wolf hunting opponents are seeking to put on the ballot in 2014.Wolves were removed from the endangered list in 2012 after rebounding from near extinction in the upper Great Lakes region. About 700 are believed to live in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Supporters of a hunt say it's time to allow hunters and trappers to thin the population. They say wolves are killing livestock and venturing too close to towns.