Coalition still battling against Michigan wolf hunt

A coalition that opposes hunting wolves in Michigan is still making its case even though officials have scheduled a hunt for later this year.

The Keep Michigan Wolves Protected campaign is holding forums this week in Kalamazoo, Clarkston and Woodhaven. Organizers say they'll focus on the ecological and cultural value of wolves and provide information about the hunt.

The coalition includes animal welfare groups, conservationists, Native American tribes and faith leaders. They gathered more than 255,000 signatures seeking a statewide vote on a new law designating the wolf as a game species.

But legislators rushed through another measure that would make the referendum meaningless by allowing the Natural Resources Commission to establish a hunt. The commission last month scheduled an Upper Peninsula hunt for Nov. 15 to Dec. 31.