The hunting of wolves has been a contentious issue over the past few years—at least in the regions where the canines happen to roam. As Dave Campbell noted, Wyoming only opened a season up last fall. Today we'll be discussing Michigan, which is the latest state to run into a spot of trouble.
The original bill—which granted the state's Natural Resources Commission with the power to determine game species and hunting seasons without continual State Legislature oversight—was fiercely contested by a group of petitioners, with help from the Humane Society of the United States. It passed anyway, and a short, heavily monitored hunting season was set for this coming December. The season will be capped at 43 wolves, and will be held from Dec. 15 to 31.
The season will only be open in three of the state's northern most counties, where locals have repeatedly reported wolf attacks on their livestock and pets.
“Wolves are an economic and ecological boon for the state of Michigan. They’re a tourist draw.”
I'm still waiting for HSUS to provide some sort of evidence that people are flocking to Michigan's Northern Peninsula to see... wolves. I've seen folks trash hunting for a lot of different reasons (each effort as misguided as the last), but I don't think I've ever heard the "They're making the state money!" argument.