Pavlov’s anti-poaching legislation penned into law

LANSING—Gov. Rick Snyder has signed into law Senate Bills 171 and 172, now Public Acts 175 and 176 of 2013.

PA 175, sponsored by state Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, increases existing fines for illegally killing a protected animal and imposes additional penalties for poaching trophy bucks. PA 176, sponsored by Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, increases fines and penalties against violators who trespass on private property.

Pavlov (second from right) is pictured with Snyder (seated), and, from left, Amy Trotter of the Michigan United Conservation Clubs; Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba; former Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officer John Borkovich and Jim Pryce, president of Tri-County Sportsmen’s League.

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