I doubt that it was the catching of the pigeons that was the problem. Most likely it was stopping and being under the overpass on the freeways. Unless it is an emergency situation it is against the law to stop on the side of freeway (at least that is the way it was explained in Driver's Ed way back about 40 years ago.)I don't recall verbatem what happened to them but in no "uncertain" terms they were told NOT to do it again. This was 20 years ago also.
Michigan law prohibits the capturing of birds from the wild and holding them in captivity. Your best bet is to buy animals from a license game breeder.stillwaiting said:To catch wild pigeons in the city of Detroit to use for training your dogs? I was thinking of throwinng out some popcorn, take a net and catch a few while I'm down there to use for training.
I don't suppose my dog's education (ie training) fits under this exception.:lol: I guess I'll just have to keep catching the farmer's "pet" pigeons out of his barn and silo and using them instead of "wild" pigeons.JWICKLUND said:Michigan law prohibits the capturing of birds from the wild and holding them in captivity. Your best bet is to buy animals from a license game breeder.
The only exceptions for catching wild birds and holding them alive would be for scientific purposes, rehabilitation purposes, nuisance control, and educational purposes. These permits are very specific.
JWICKLUND said:Feral pigeons may be taken year round with a VAILID small game license. Taken means killed, not captured or held against their will to train dogs.
You would need a permit to do anything other than hunt them.
Also any animal held in captivity that is either a Michigan species or resembles a Michigan species is also subject to permits.
To answer your "bigger question", good law enforcement officers are sworn to enforce the law, not to just enfore laws they agree with, be it feral pigeons, marijuana, poaching or whatever.Gander Club said:The bigger question is why does any law enforcement officer care about what happens to a feral pigeon?