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Senator Retracts Wolf Story Used To Authorize Bill

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - A senator admitted his previous testimony was based on information that wasn't true and apologized. He was testifying about the controversial wolf hunt bill that's been approved by the legislature, but the senator still maintains Michigan needs a wolf hunt.

A number of wolves appeared several times in the backyard of a daycare center shortly after children were playing outside. At least, that's the story Senator Tom Casperson used to sell his bill authorizing a wolf hunt in Michigan to the legislature.

 "I was mistaken. I am accountable. And I am sorry," said Casperson.

Casperson backtracked from his original story Thursday.

"When I was told about it, I said well let me confirm this and find out what the truth is and when I did, I said well I'm certainly going to straighten it out."

Casperson says the story came from a state rep who used it first during their testimony. Once he learned the truth, he says, he made it public as soon as he could.

 But Jill Fritz, the director of Keep Wolves Protected, says an apology is too little too late.

"An apology doesn't really change anything. The fact is misinformation and fear mongering was used to pass legislation," said Fritz.

Fritz says Casperson's reports of wolves potential danger is exagerrated. "There has not been a documented of a fatal attack from a wolf in the past 100 years," she said.

But Casperson says wolves do attack and can wreak havoc on farmers livestock. "If you look at all the evidence of all the kills that have happened so far, there's just way too much that's going on."

 

The wolf hunt is scheduled to begin next Friday. Members of the group called Keep Wolves Protected are working on a second petition to repeal the law for the 2014 November ballot.

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