Conservation Affairs April 2016

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.

Posted on March 28, 2016 .

Conservation Affairs January 2016


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. 

Posted on February 2, 2016 .

Conservation Affairs October 2015

The Michigan Court of Claims earlier this year dismissed a lawsuit by an animal rights group seeking to overturn the Scientific Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act. The decision is a victory for science-based resource management in Michigan.

Posted on October 22, 2015 .

Conservation Affairs July 2015

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.

Posted on July 22, 2015 .