Committee hears testimony on bill to protect deer

Committee hears testimony on bill to protect deer

LANSING — Testimony on a bill that would create a greater penalty for activities that could spread chronic wasting disease among Michigan’s deer was heard in the State House Natural Resources Committee this morning.

House Bill 5146 would make the act of illegally bringing a deer carcass into the state from another state with known presence of the disease a misdemeanor punishable by up to ninety days in jail and a $2,000 fine. Representative John Kivela (D-Marquette), who sponsored the bill, cited the importance of hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation to the state’s economy during his testimony.

[Photo courtesy Michigan House Democrats]