Deal avoids fight over herds
Compromise plan on elk, deer oversight will end agency turf war
LANSING — Gov. Jennifer Granholm and Republican House Speaker Rick Johnson said Thursday they have reached an agreement on which state department will have oversight of Michigan’s captive elk and deer herds.
Oversight will move from the state Department of Agriculture to the Department of Natural Resources so the DNR can do a statewide audit of private deer and elk herds to check for chronic wasting disease.
If the audit doesn’t show any signs of the fatal brain disease, oversight of captive herds will return to the Agriculture department, according to the compromise.