By Laura Weber, Michigan Public Radio Network
LANSING, MI –
The state Senate is expected to vote soon on whether to create a moose-hunting season in Michigan. There are an estimated 500-600 moose living in the state, and the population is growing at 10% a year.
State Senator Jason Allen says it's time to allow for moose to be hunted, even if in very limited numbers.
"We have a growing population in the Upper Peninsula, and, representing the eastern part of the state, I had an opportunity to see one close hand as my family was traveling to the Thaquamenon State Park, and recognize the proliferation of those animals," he says.
The measure would require hunters to purchase a moose-hunting license for $100. It would also create a Moose Hunting Advisory Council to determine how many moose could be safely hunted every year.