Michigan’s wild resources are among the finest in the country. When poachers take game illegally, they not only threaten animal populations, but they undermine the rights of law-abiding hunters.
I recently supported legislation to toughen the fines and penalties for individuals convicted of the illegal killing, possessing, purchasing or selling of certain game or protected animals–elk, bear, moose, turkey and waterfowl and eagle–in Michigan.
There have been several high profile poaching incidents over the past few years in which criminals have illegally taken game, sometimes selling their parts overseas. This legislation would help protect our wild game and preserve the integrity of Michigan’s long-standing hunting heritage.
Senate Bills 244-246 have been sent to the Michigan House for consideration.