Law stiffens fines for illegal killing of deer

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

LANSING, Mich. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a law stiffening penalties for illegally killing or selling antlered white-tailed deer.

Individuals who violate the law now pay $1,000 in restitution for the value of the animal. A measure signed Tuesday raises restitution for illegally killing a "trophy buck" to at least $2,000 - and more depending on how many points the deer has.

The law also says those convicted of illegally killing a deer must wait longer to get a hunting license again.

Snyder also signed an update of a 40-year-old state law designed to prevent excavators from damaging underground utility lines and other structures. Snyder says residents will be better protected as more and more infrastructure is placed underground.

Excavators will continue calling a hotline to alert utilities to their digs.

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