From The News Observer:

_Thousands of hunters and owners of small businesses are in turmoil over a Lower Peninsula-wide ban on baiting and feeding of deer that state officials have imposed because of Michigan’s first chronic wasting disease case.

State officials want to protect the state’s hunter-based marketplace, but critics say the ban threatens autumn’s $500 million hunter-based economy.

Deer feed suppliers, hunters and owners of commercial deer facilities packed a state House hearing on Tuesday. More are expected at a meeting today of the State Natural Resources Commission, which is considering an extension of the six-month ban .

“If this ban is not lifted, it puts me in bankruptcy,” Saginaw grower-wholesaler Tony Benkert told the committee._

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