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Wolf Hunting Law Ruled Unconstitutional

The Michigan Court of Appeals says a 2014 law concerning wolf hunting in the state is unconstitutional.

The Detroit Free Press reports that the court ruled the law violates the “title-object clause” of Michigan’s constitution, which says “no law shall embrace more than one object,” and that object “shall be expressed in its title.”

The court said a provision of the law allowing for free hunting, trapping, and fishing licenses for qualified members of the military is unconnected to the law’s object of providing for scientific management of game, fish and wildlife habitat.

The court said the entire law must be struck down, because it isn’t clear the law would have been approved if that provision had not been included.

Keep Michigan Wolves Protected director Jill Fritz said the ruling restores the people’s decision, in two statewide votes, overwhelmingly rejecting the trophy hunting and commercial trapping of the state’s small population of wolves.

Recent reports say there are more than 600 wolves in Michigan.

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