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Grey Wolf Endangered Status Prompts Heated Debate, Resolution in Michigan Senate

posted Apr 2, 2015, 11:39 PM by chloe owens

2/10/15, by Jonathan Oosting, Michigan Live

Grey wolf endangered status prompts heated debate, resolution in Michigan Senate

Michigan's Republican-led Senate on Tuesday approved a resolution urging Congress to remove grey wolves from the endangered species list in the wake of a recent federal court ruling that reinstated the protected status. The resolution "effectively does nothing," according to Sen. Rebekah Warren, D-Ann Arbor, because it simply encourages federal action but does not require it. But the resolution, approved in a 26-12 vote, reignited a long-running debate over Michigan wolves. At issue is whether the state should be able to manage its own wolf population and authorize hunting seasons, actions now prohibited by the federal status.