ESCANABA - Sen. Tom Casperson said he publicly apologized for inaccurate information on a resolution to delist wolves as an endangered species because his name was on the document that was prepared by a House Representative.
Casperson came under media scrutiny recently because he issued a statement saying there was false information in the resolution about wolves being outside a day care while children were present and wolves being shot in the backyard of the daycare.
"I was totally unaware of the inaccuracies," he said this morning, attributing the information to former Rep. Matt Huuki of Atlantic MIne, whose office staff interviewed the day care owner.
Huuki introduced the resolution HR48 to the House on March 22, 2012. It was adopted by the House on April 14.
Later that day, Casperson introduced the same resolution in the Senate as SR39. The resolution was adopted by the Senate on May 31, 2012.
The resolution was forwarded to Congress which delisted the wolves in several states including the U.P. and northern Wisconsin where 700 wolves were present, exceeding the 200-wolf benchmark recommended for the delisting, he said.
It was two weeks ago when Casperson was notified by MLive.com that the resolution contained false information, he said. He immediately issued the apology to the Michigan Senate saying when he introduced the resolution it was his understanding the language was correct.
He later found out that kids were not in the yard while wolves were sighted there on several occasions and wolves were not shot in the back yard but were killed a quarter mile down the road from the day care.
Casperson said this morning the inaccuracies do not change the threat or the nature of the resolution which also could have stated the fact that eight wolves were taken down by federal agents in Ironwood.
"Accuracy is important," Casperson said, adding he and his staff will micro-manage information coming into his office from other sources from now on.
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