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MI: Michigan Senate OKs new wolf-hunting bill after law struck

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan lawmakers may re-enact a wolf-hunting law declared unconstitutional by the state appeals court.

The Republican-led Senate voted 27-10 along party lines Thursday to define wolves as a game species and to authorize the state to designate game. The bill goes to the House.

It’s the fourth time lawmakers have considered wolf-hunt laws in recent years.

Wolf hunting isn’t allowed in Michigan and other states under a federal court decision. But Sen. Tom Casperson says he wants Michigan positioned if Congress removes wolves from endangered species status.

In 2014, voters rejected two laws allowing wolf hunts. But the votes were symbolic because lawmakers had approved a third measure.

That law was nixed last month because a provision providing free hunting licenses to military members isn’t related to scientifically managing wildlife.