By ANTHONY CEPAK
Capital News Service
LANSING — When voters head to the polls on Nov. 4, they’ll find two ballot proposals concerning wolf hunting in the Upper Peninsula. However, hunting is only one part of an effort to manage the state’s wolf population, and only one part of the larger issue, according to researchers at Michigan State and Michigan Technological universities. Michigan removed wolves from its protected species list in 2011, and debate began in 2012 over whether to designate it as a game species, allowing establishment of a hunting season. “There are economic concerns, concerns about the deer population and cultural concerns” that also need to be examined, said Meredith Gore, an associate professor in the Fisheries and Wildlife Department and Criminal Justice School at MSU.