MUCC STATEMENT: Senate's Scientific Wildlife Management Package Is Needed

Contact: Tony Hansen, MUCC 269-420-9510  
MUCC Statement on Scientific Wildlife Management Package
LANSING –Michigan United Conservation Clubs commends the introduction of the 2013 Scientific Wildlife Management Package in the Michigan Senate.
Introduced by Senator Tom Casperson of Escanaba, the 2013 Scientific Wildlife Management Package includes a number of measures that will strengthen Michigan's commitment to science-based wildlife management while affording protections to Michigan's storied outdoors tradition in addition to providing free licenses to active military personnel.
"In 1996, Michigan's voters were abundantly clear in their desire to see wildlife management issues determined by science and not politics with the passage of Proposal G," said Erin McDonough, Executive Director of Michigan United Conservation Clubs. "The introduction of the Scientific Wildlife Management Package is a move that, while long overdue, is absolutely a positive step for ensuring Michigan's wildlife resources are managed properly and that Michigan's hunting, fishing and trapping heritage is protected."
The Scientific Wildlife Management Package includes two bills: Senate Bill 288 and Senate Bill 289. The package was co-sponsored by Senators David Hildebrand, Darwin Booher and Arlan Meekhof.
SB 289 establishes a right in Michigan to hunt, fish and trap and adds the protection of the rights to hunt, fish and trap as a purpose of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act.
SB 288 allows the Natural Resources Commission  to designate species as game animals in addition to the state Legislature.
"Michigan has world class natural resources and this package is a continuation of a focus on proper management of those resources," said McDonough. "As Michigan has worked to rebuild its economy, there has been increased focus on tourism and the natural, renewable assets that make Michigan a special place. Ensuring that those assets are managed with sound science and not personal bias, emotion or politics is paramount. The Scientific Wildlife Management Package will ensure it is science that determines how our wildlife resources are managed and will ensure that Michigan's thousands of hunters, anglers and trappers know that they are valued citizens of Michigan."
Founded in 1937, MUCC is the largest statewide conservation organization in the nation and is dedicated to uniting citizens to conserve, protect and enhance Michigan’s natural resources and outdoor heritage.

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