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In this 1987 photo released by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, a wolf stands in the snow near Ishpeming, Mich. Animal welfare activists and Indian tribes are gathering petition signatures seeking a statewide referendum on whether to allow wolf hunting in Michigan. The Legislature in December of 2012 designated the wolf as a game animal, a first step toward establishing a hunting season. The final decision will be made by the Natural Resources Commission, which is expecting a recommendation from state wildlife biologists in the spring of 2013. Opposition groups say it's too early to start hunting Michigan wolves, which were removed from the federal endangered species list only a year ago. (AP Photo/Michigan DNR, Dave Kenyon) NO SALES