Michigan’s First CWD Case Prompts Immediate Baiting Ban

In case you missed this important story on our Field Notes blog, here’s the original report:

_State officials are prohibiting deer baiting or feeding throughout the Lower Peninsula after they discovered a white-tailed deer in a small Kent County herd has Michigan's first case of chronic wasting disease.

The precautionary measure will change hunting practices during the upcoming firearm and archery deer seasons. Baiting and feeding have become common practice among hunters.

Officials also quarantined all 580 of Michigan's privately owned farms, hunting ranches and hobby facilities where deer, elk and moose are raised and kept in Michigan. Neither live animals nor their carcasses can be moved off these facilities, Agriculture Director Don Koivisto said._

And here’s the latest:

50 Deer Killed In Kent County
www.mlive.com

Hunters Asked to Take Baiting Ban Seriously
www.freep.com

Baiting Ban Will Hurt Local Businesses
www.lansingstatejournal.com

Ban Could Devastate Beet Farmers
www.ludingtondailynews.com