MICHIGAN WOLF HUNTING LAW UPHELD BY COURTS
Michigan's regulation of wolf hunting belongs to the experts, and last week the state reinforced that notion by upholding a law that gives authority to an appointed panel at the Natural Resources Commission.
The Michigan Court of Claims approved the law after its legality was challenged by a group called Keep Michigan Wolves Protected. This group is/was funded by Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) as a way to get inside the state to alter the course of wolf hunting legislation.
The legislation to give sole authority of Michigan fishing and gaming regulation to the NRC was a citizen-initiated law that the Michigan House of Representatives approved in August of last year. It overrode two ballot issues that were set to appear on the November 2014 ballot that were seeking an outright ban on hunting wolves in the Upper Peninsula. Fortunately, Michigan's citizens and sportsmen community overwhelmingly opposed those measures, and through the hard work of groups such as Michigan United Conservation Clubs and Citizens for Professional Wildlife Management, the wolf hunt ban was dismissed.
A need to preserve citizen safety had become overly apparent. The wolf population had seen extreme growth after being put on the endangered species list years prior. Going unchecked for so long, they became a danger to livestock, hounds, other animals, and especially humans.
Judge Mark T. Boonstra, who made the ruling, had this to say:
"That policy judgment is properly left to the Legislature and the people of the state of Michigan. Rather, the sole question before this court is whether the legislative enactment in question violates the Michigan Constitution as alleged."
Yes, the will of the people. Something HSUS and its front group were not interested in representing. Common sense prevailed in this instance. HSUS will have to accept that this defeat signals a resistance by Michigan citizens against their agenda.
Some of those citizens, the Michigan United Conservation Club, were delighted that their hard work paid off and proper scientific management will be observed. MUCC's Drew YoungeDyke:
"The court recognized that the Scientific Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act was about just what its title says, managing fish, wildlife and their habitats with sound science."
Once again, congratulations to Michigan's sportsmen and its citizens on their victory over an out-of-state special interest group that doesn't truly care about their safety or well-being.