LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Rick Jones’ bill that would allow state officials to take steps to address the ongoing problem of Chronic Wasting Disease was approved unanimously on Thursday by the Michigan Senate.
Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a neurological disease found in deer, elk and moose. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has confirmed three cases of CWD found in wild deer in Ingham County this year.
“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 supporting our hunting heritage and also the health of the herd. With this reform, we ensure wildlife officials have the tools necessary to prevent the spread of the disease in Michigan’s deer population.”
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 encourage mid-Michigan hunter to continue to head outdoors and hunt,” Jones said. “Our hunters will play a key role in fighting this disease. To help determine the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease, hunters should have their deer checked and tested.”
Jones’ bill has been sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.