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PostPosted: 31 Mar 2007, 10:11 
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Anti's Campaign to Sink Trapping in the Great Lake State- (3/30/2007)

Michigan sportsmen should oppose recently introduced legislation to outlaw trapping. Anti-hunters, coming off a 2006 ballot issue victory that banned the state’s mourning dove hunt, are backing the legislation.

House Bill 4497, sponsored by Rep. Lorence Wenke, R-Richland, will ban foot hold traps. The strike is the next step in the antis’ efforts to demolish Michigan’s outdoor heritage. The bill awaits action in the House Committee on Tourism, Outdoor Recreation and Natural Resources.

“Last November, the anti-hunting community killed dove hunting in Michigan, and it is banking on momentum from that battle to help pass a statewide trapping ban,” said Rob Sexton, U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance vice president for government affairs. “Michigan sportsmen must dominate the anti’s and send a torrent of messages to lawmakers opposing the effort to erode sportsmen’s rights.”

House Bill 4497 will eliminate a safe, humane tool for successful wildlife management and increase the risk of wildlife diseases, and property damage by nuisance wildlife.

Michigan citizens were primed for HB 4497 last fall when Fox Sports Net aired 15-second anti-trapping commercial, produced by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). It was shown in the Detroit-area and featured HSUS leader Wayne Pacelle and a second animal activist. The pair urged viewers to support trapping bans. After thousands of angry sportsmen sounded off to the network, it told the USSA that the ad would no longer run.

Take Action! Michigan sportsmen must resist the anti’s attack and stop the movement’s impetus. Ask state representatives to oppose HB 4497. To contact your lawmaker, call (517) 373-0135 or use the Legislative Action Center at www.ussportsmen.org.

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PostPosted: 30 Apr 2007, 12:35 

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You cFrom Bill Walker of MBHA:

Media Release May 16, 2006


The Ingham County Circuit Court ruled Friday that the state’s Natural Resources Commission and its Department of Natural Resources broke the law when they opened Michigan’s Lower Peninsula to bobcat trapping in 2004.

In her decision, in favor of the Michigan Bear Hunters Association, Judge Beverley Nettles-Nickerson stated that the NRC’s decision to create a trapping season was not based on sound scientific evidence and “is likely to impair the bobcat population.”

MBHA had alleged – and the judge agreed – that the state violated two laws: the codified provisions of 1996’s ballot Proposal G, in which voters ordered the state to use principles of “sound scientific management in making decisions regarding the taking of game,” and the Michigan Environmental Protection Act, which shields the state’s natural resources from impairment.

MBHA and three allies, who intervened in the suit on behalf of MBHA, were primary supporters and directors of the Proposal G campaign. Those groups are the Michigan Hunting Dog Federation, the Michigan State United Coon Hunters Association and the Upper Peninsula Bear Houndsmen Association.

MBHA contended that the decision to create the bobcat season was politically, not scientifically, driven by the NRC, a seven-person body appointed by the governor. The NRC, which oversees the DNR, wanted the season. In response, the DNR offered the NRC several trapping options.

At trial, MBHA’s attorney, Fred Dilley, of DilleyHaney, Grand Rapids, produced numbers of internal DNR documents that showed the department’s scientists and wildlife managers overwhelmingly opposed a trapping season due to fears of overharvest.

MBHA, whose members hunt bobcats, has voiced concern for a number of years over its belief that bobcat numbers are in decline and was adamantly opposed to liberalizing the take.

MBHA and its three allies have repeatedly called on the DNR and NRC to lower the Upper Peninsula’s bobcat bag limit and to tighten regulations over both peninsulas to prevent scofflaws from taking bobcats illegally.

Judge Nettles-Nickerson’s order reverses the NRC’s decision to permit bobcat trapping in the Lower Peninsula and permanently enjoins the NRC from opening a season until sound science supports it.

For more information, please call MBHA spokesman Bill Walker (248-645-1830) and Fred Dilley (616-560-6125).

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#2 05-17-2006, 01:11 AM

an see what the hound hunters did in that state

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