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No Wolf Hunt In Michigan This Year

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Officials with Michigan's Natural Resources Commission have confirmed there won't be a gray wolf hunt this year.

Commissioner John Matonich said Thursday at a meeting in Lansing that the commission lacks the authority to set another hunt.

The panel is awaiting results of two ballot initiatives sought to repeal legislation making the wolf a game species and giving the seven-member panel appointed by the governor the authority to make such designations.

A third citizen-initiated measure overriding the referendums and backing the wolf hunt was approved by lawmakers last month. It won't take effect until March.

Matonich says he's asked the Department of Natural Resources to update the state's Wolf Management Plan and review statistics related to the killing of dogs and cattle by wolves.

The department advises the commission.