Jones bill to fight Chronic Wasting Disease headed to the governor

Sen. Rick Jones

Sen. Rick Jones

LANSING, Mich. Sen. Rick Jones’ bill that would allow state officials to take steps to address the ongoing problem of Chronic Wasting Disease has been sent to Gov. Rick Snyder to be signed into law.

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a neurological disease found in deer, elk and moose. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) this year has confirmed three cases of CWD found in wild deer in Ingham County and one case in Clinton County.

“This bill will empower the DNR to continue to fight against the spread of this horrible disease devastating our deer,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “This is about ensuring that Michigan wildlife officials have the tools necessary to prevent the spread of the disease in our deer population. It is also about supporting our hunting heritage and the health of the herd.”

Senate Bill 446 would extend the current authority of the Natural Resource Commission (NRC) to issue orders concerning the feeding and baiting of deer and elk in the state. The current authority is set to expire on Jan. 1, 2016.

“As an avid hunter, I understand the critical roles our hunters will play in fighting Chronic Wasting Disease,” Jones said. “I encourage mid-Michigan hunters to continue to hunt, and to help control the spread of this disease by having their deer checked and tested.”