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Group Collects 250,000 Signatures to Protect Grey Wolves

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Last November, Michigan voters voted on the bridge issue, on a renewable energy proposal, several union related issues, now comes a passionate group which has collected 250,000 petition signatures designed to protect grey wolves in the Upper Peninsula.

The legislature recently authorized a wolf hunt giving the state DNR the authority to establish the hunt. There are about 700 wolves in the state and many are worried the animals could become extinct.

The petition circulators paid for some of the signatures, but Aaron Winters with the Humane Society contends the animals could be abused.

"If they are hunted in the manner of nite trapping, using dogs, baited, and things of that nature, that would be abusive practices and there is no reason to do it," said Winters.

The bill sponsor contends "we need to give wildlife managers a tool to slow down the population in particular areas where it's exploding"

If the state determines enough signatures were collected, Michigan voters have a chance in November 2014 to side with the hunters of the wolf lovers.

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