Breaking News: Judge Upholds Michigan Bait Ban

If you haven’t been following along on this one, the Michigan Department of Natural Recourses issued a deer-baiting ban on August 26th after a doe at a Kent County breeding facility tested positive for chronic wasting disease. It was not a popular move with many hunters or with business owners who grow and sell deer bait. The later group took the DNR to court, which has now made its ruling.

From The Detroit News:
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An Ingham County circuit judge Thursday upheld Michigan's Lower Peninsula ban on the baiting and feeding of deer, imposed to combat the spread of chronic wasting disease.

Circuit Judge Joyce Draganchuk said the ban, issued Aug. 26, came from a plan that had been "subjected to a great deal of scientific study." She said the Department of Natural Resources gave ample notice and allowed opponents time to object before the plan was adopted . . . .

Grand Rapids attorney Ed McNeely, representing farmers and business owners who raise and sell deer
bait. . . said his clients will have to decide if they want to appeal the ruling._

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