Michigan Governor Signs Wildlife Protection BillMichigan News, Bear Hunting Magazine
Rick Snyder, the governor of Michigan signed a bill earlier this month (SB 288) that will help protect wildlife management in the state from politics. The bill gives the state’s Natural Resources Committee the authority to designate animals as game species. Before this bill, only the state’s legislature had this authority.
This bill removes the threat of referendums and allows science to be used when making game species decisions. Now, game species designations made by Michigan’s Natural Resources Commission can be done through administrative rules.
In Michigan as in other states across the country, anti-hunting groups have spent a large amount of money in the past running campaigns aimed at stopping hunting at the ballot box.