FORMER SCI EXECUTIVE NAMED INTERIM DNR DIRECTOR
Bill Moritz who served as natural resources deputy at the DNR has been appointed interim director of that department. Bill served previously as chief of DNR’s Wildlife Division and before that as Executive Director for SCI and SCI Foundation.
CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE (CWD)
CWD was discovered in 3 deer in Meridian Township in Ingham County in 2015. The deer were found to be genetically related and were taken within 1/8 of a mile of each other. Testing continues with a goal of testing 3000 to 4000 deer. No other deer have been found with CWD at the time of this writing.
Legislation passed last year allows Michigan residents to take road kill deer and other game animals without obtaining a permit from law enforcement officers. The person hitting the animal has first priority. Fresh road killed deer can be consumed and can be an additional source for soup kitchens and food banks.