Law stiffens fines for illegal killing of deer

LANSING (AP) – 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 this week raises restitution for illegally killing a “trophy buck” to at least $2,000.

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. Residents will be better protected as more infrastructure is placed underground.

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