Consumers Energy Reminds Hunters Utility Land Is Off Limits

         Consumers Energy Reminds Hunters Utility Land Is Off Limits

PR Newswire

JACKSON, Mich., Sept. 6, 2013

JACKSON, Mich., Sept. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --As small- and big-game hunting
seasons get underway in Michigan, Consumers Energy is reminding everyone that
hunting is not allowed on the utility's property.

The ban protects the safety of neighbors, utility workers and others. It also
addresses the concerns of neighboring landowners that irresponsible hunters
will use Consumers Energy property to trespass.

"We are asking Michigan sportsmen and sportswomen to remember that Consumers
Energy property is private land, not public property," said Mike Williams,
Consumers Energy's director of corporate security. "We appreciate the vast
majority of hunters who follow the law and do not trespass, and we ask
everyone to help keep this a safe hunting season in our Great Lakes State."

Anyone observing hunting or gunshot vandalism on utility land is asked to
contact their local law enforcement agency, or Consumers Energy's corporate
security office at 1-800-760-3295. Consumers Energy offers cash rewards of
varying amounts for information leading to the arrest andconviction of those
who damage company equipment or property.

Special hunting provisions apply to Consumers Energy-owned lands bordering its
AuSable, Manistee and Muskegon river hydroelectric plant reservoirs, where
hunting is permitted. However, constructing blinds, target shooting, baiting,
burning and fire pits are strictly prohibited on all Consumers Energy lands.
The cost of removing blinds from utility property is charged to the blinds'

In addition, the use of dirt bikes, ATVs and other off-road vehicles is not
allowed on utility property due to the risk of resource damage, danger to
drivers and passengers and damage to utility equipment.

A brochure, "A Guide to Consumers Energy Land: To Our Michigan Neighbors,"
provides information for landowners, developers and others on use of Consumers
Energy property.

Consumers Energy is one of the largest private landowners in Michigan's Lower
Peninsula. The utility owns more than 12,000 miles of electric and natural gas
rights-of-way, and maintains easement rights on another 86,000 miles of

Consumers Energy, Michigan's largest utility, is the principal subsidiary of
CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and electricity to 6.6 million
of the state's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

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