The Michigan Board of State Canvassers has approved a petition form that a group will circulate in support of having a 2014 statewide vote on whether to allow wolf hunting.
Opponents already collected enough signatures to force a referendum on a law enacted in December designating the wolf as a game animal that could be hunted. But legislators then passed another law authorizing the appointed Natural Resources Commission to place wildlife on the game species list.
The commission added the gray wolf to the list this week and scheduled a hunt for Nov. 15 through Dec. 31. It said up to 43 wolves in seven U.P. counties could be killed.
Following the canvassers' approval of the petition form Friday, opponents also will seek signatures for a vote on that law.