The Michigan Natural Resources Commission has again approved wolf hunting in the Upper Peninsula under a new state law passed to circumvent a referendum on an earlier hunting law.
The commission voted Thursday for a hunt that runs November 15th through December 31st. It allows the killing of up to 43 gray wolves in seven counties.
The commission also approved a wolf hunt in May, but a petition drive for a referendum put the decision on hold.
The Legislature then passed a second law authorizing the commission to schedule a wolf hunt.
Outside Alaska, U.S. wolves were nearly wiped out in the last century. They were on the federal endangered species list in 1974 through 2012.
Michigan authorities estimate there are 658 wolves in the state.