Safe Hunting Season Encouraged By Consumers Energy

              Safe Hunting Season Encouraged By Consumers Energy

Sportsmen reminded: No hunting on utility property

PR Newswire

JACKSON, Mich., Nov. 7, 2013

JACKSON, Mich., Nov. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- As opening day nears for
Michigan's popular firearm deer season, Consumers Energy is reminding everyone
that hunting is not allowed on the company'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 everyone to help keep this a safe hunting season in our Great
Lakes State," said Mike Williams, Consumers Energy's director of corporate
security. "In that regard, we're asking Michigan sportsmen and sportswomen to
remember that Consumers Energy property is private land, not public property."

If you observe anyone hunting on utility land, or damage or vandalism, you are
asked to contact local law enforcement 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 and conviction 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.

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' owners.

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.

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.

Media toolkit

AUDIO: Mike Williams, Consumers Energy's director of corporate security, talks
about the hunting ban:

BROCHURE: 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.

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SOURCE Consumers Energy

Contact: Roger Morgenstern, 517/530-4364 or Terry DeDoes, 517/374-2159
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