MT. PLEASANT, MICHIGAN - It was standing room only Monday at a deer management public symposium sponsored by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC). "The Science of Deer Management" welcomed over two hundred hunters, policy makers, wildlife biologists, and DNR staff. Attendees at the daylong symposium were thoughtfully provoked by some of the best deer management specialists in the country on topics such as the accurate assessment of deer populations; managing for deer hunters' expectations regarding size, abundance and health; the impact of deer on Michigan's economy; and the affect of wolves on deer populations. Michigan's recent, unfortunate encounter with Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) was also the main focus of a broader disease management presentation by world-renown CWD expert, Dr. Mike Miller of Colorado.
"The Deer Management Symposium gave Michigan hunters a chance to hear from national experts on the science of deer management," said DNR Director Rebecca Humphries. "I am confident that attendees were given an opportunity to learn about some of the emerging issues in this field."
MUCC Executive Director Dennis Muchmore said that the symposium comes on the heels of a strong desire of Michigan sportsmen and women to have the state adopt a science-based deer management program. "With the unfortunate discovery of CWD within our borders, sound scientific management of our wild deer population is timelier than ever. MUCC is proud to partner with Director Humphries and the DNR to help arrange for the most recognized scientists and researchers in the country to meet with Michigan hunters, farmers and policy makers so that we make better informed decisions in and out of the field in the best interest of Michigan's deer hunting heritage."
Attendees at the conference were given an opportunity to engage with twelve expert panelists about Michigan's deer population and the future of deer management in the state. For more information about "The Science of Deer Management" public symposium or issues facing Michigan's wild deer herd, please visit www.michigan.gov/dnr or www.mucc.org.
Contact: Amy Spray, MUCC Resource Policy Specialist - (517) 346-6484, email@example.com
MUCC has been Michigan's first voice for Michigan's out-of-doors since 1937. With over 50,000 members and 400 affiliated clubs throughout the state, MUCC's primary objective is Uniting Citizens to Conserve, Protect, and Enhance Michigan's Natural Resources and Outdoor Heritage.
Amy Spray, MUCC Resource Policy Specialist - (517) 346-6484, firstname.lastname@example.org