LANSING, Mich. (AP) - 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 Nov. 15 through Dec. 31. 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 1974-2012.
Michigan authorities estimate there are 658 wolves in the state.