State DNR wants wolf rules on spring ballot
MADISON The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources wants to ask outdoor lovers what they think of new wolf-dog hunting rules.
DNR officials are set to ask the agency's board on Jan. 23 to include the rules on the Conservation Congress' spring hearings questionnaire.
The draft rules would allow hunters to train dogs on wolves during daylight hours during wolf season and the month of March. Dogs also would have to be tattooed or wear a collar with its owner's name and address. Hearing attendees would get a chance to express support on a number of different provisions in the rules.
The agency hopes to take the rules to public hearings later this year and implement them in 2014.
Wolf protection group seeks to overturn hunt law
Meanwhile, in Lansing, Mich., a group opposed to killing wolves says it will circulate petitions to force a referendum on a new Michigan law allowing hunting of the once-protected predators.
Organizers of the group Keep Michigan Wolves Protected said Monday that it will seek to gather 225,000 signatures by late march to qualify for the November 2014 ballot.
The coalition includes animal welfare, conservation and Native American groups.
The Legislature last month voted to classify gray wolves as a game species, and state officials are preparing hunting rules. Michigan has about 700 wolves.