Deer Baiting Ban Remains

The ban on deer baiting in Michigan will remain for the time being. Last month we reported about an attempt in the legislature to remove the ban, which was enacted to prevent the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease in deer and elk herds, as well as domestic livestock. While the bill made it through both the House and the Senate, it was ultimately vetoed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer. 

The Governor explained her decision as an effort to protect the beef and dairy industries in Michigan, as well as to protect public health. She says that the authority to enact or lift a ban on baiting should remain with the Department of Natural Resources. 

The ban on baiting remains in effect for the entire lower peninsula and parts of the upper peninsula. Leaving piles of carrots, corn, and other agricultural products for deer to eat on both private and public property is prohibited. 

The Department of Natural Resources describes chronic wasting disease as a contagious, neurological disease that affects deer, elk and moose. It causes a degeneration of the brain resulting in emaciation, abnormal behavior, loss of bodily functions and death. \

Sixty cases of Chronic Wasting Disease were confirmed in deer in six lower peninsula counties, but none have been reported in the Blue Water Area at this time.

Reporting for WGRT, Karly Hurley.