Michigan House OKs Bill That Could Allow Wolf Hunt

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- The Republican-led state House has approved a bill that could block voters from deciding whether to allow wolf hunting in Michigan.

The measure passed 72-38 Thursday. It would allow the Natural Resources Commission to decide which types of wildlife can be hunted. Currently only the Legislature has that power.

Opponents say it's an attempt to run around a proposed referendum on wolf hunting. They say lawmakers want to get the measure passed before the state Board of Canvassers certifies they've collected enough signatures for a 2014 statewide vote.

If enough signatures are deemed valid, no wolf hunt could be held until after the referendum.

The measure passed in the Senate last week and will soon head to Gov. Rick Snyder's desk.