news that farmers and store owners are challenging the Lower Peninsula bait ban in
Since the ban was put in place on August 28, the owners of Bart’s Fruit Market say
they have lost between $10,000-$15,000 in business. Another farmer claims he has lost
over $20,000 since the ban took effect. The Michigan DNR estimates that baiting is
a $50 million dollar business in the state.
The petitioners assert that the DNR’s bait ban order circumvented public process,
which requires “adequate public notice, opportunity for public comment and due regard
for traditional (procedural) methods and practices…”.