Former DNR officer testifies in favor of trophy buck bills

LANSING―State Sen. Phil Pavlov sits with John Borkovich (right), former Michigan DNR conservation officer of 27 years. Borkovich testified Thursday before the Michigan Senate Committee on Outdoor Recreation and Tourism in support of legislation to strengthen Michigan’s poaching laws.

Bills sponsored by Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, and Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, would raise fines for illegally killing a protected animal and impose additional penalties for poaching trophy bucks. The measures are consistent with policies in neighboring states.

The bills were reported unanimously and now await a vote of the full Senate.

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