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Lawmakers OK new wolf-hunting bill after law struck

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Michigan lawmakers have again passed wolf-hunting legislation after the current law was declared unconstitutional by the state appeals court.

The Republican-led House voted 69-39 late Wednesday to define wolves as a game species and to authorize the state to designate game. The bill goes to Gov. Rick Snyder.

It's the fourth time lawmakers have considered wolf-hunt laws.

Wolf hunting isn't allowed in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota under a federal court decision. But proponents of wolf hunting want Michigan positioned if Congress removes wolves from endangered species status.

In 2014, Michigan voters rejected laws allowing wolf hunts. But the votes were symbolic because legislators had approved a third measure.

That law was nixed recently because a provision providing free hunting licenses to military members isn't related to scientifically managing wildlife.

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