Citizen-led measure to help manage Michigan wildlife approved by the Legislature

LANSING, Mich.—Citizen-initiated legislation to ensure that Michigan’s fish and wildlife are managed using sound science and to protect hunting and fishing rights received the final stamp of approval on Wednesday with passage by the state House, announced Sen. Tom Casperson.

The Scientific Fish & Wildlife Conservation Act (SFWCA) was initiated by the Citizens for Professional Wildlife Management, a group of statewide hunting, fishing and trapping organizations – with tremendous support from Upper Peninsula sportsmen.

Casperson, R-Escanaba, had the following to say:

“Sportsmen and conservationists of this state should be commended for bringing this initiative to the Legislature to help stop the anti-hunting groups from using their multi-millions to manipulate Michigan residents into opposing sound management of wildlife.

“Approval of the Scientific Fish & Wildlife Conservation Act is a victory for the Upper Peninsula and those who worked so hard to see it through to completion. I would like to thank the many volunteers who made this possible, the 300,000 plus individuals who signed a petition in favor of the initiated law and my legislative colleagues for approving it.”