Thursday, September 25, 2008

MICHIGAN NEWS: Bait Ban Legal Challenge Fast-tracked

A judge has agreed to fast-track consideration of a lawsuit filed by opponents of a ban on baiting and feeding deer in the Lower Peninsula.

The complaint was filed earlier this week in Ingham County Circuit Court. It says the ban could be financially devastating for farmers who grow vegetables and fruits used as bait for deer.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources ordered the ban on baiting and feeding last month after the state’s first case of chronic wasting disease was detected in Kent County.

Judge Joyce Draganchuk on Wednesday approved a request for an expedited hearing. It was scheduled for Oct. 9.

Before the ban was imposed, hunters could have placed bait in woods and fields beginning Oct. 1.

Source: Detroit Free Press

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