Granholm approves open season on feral hogs

Lansing — Licensed hunters and landowners may now take feral
hogs at any time, since a package of bills has been signed by Gov.
Jennifer M. Granholm, the Department of Natural Resources and
Environment announced today.

Hunters or individuals with concealed-carry permits may take
swine running loose on public land or on private land with
landowner permission. Landowners may take hogs on their property at
any time.

The law also authorizes animal control officers and law
enforcement officers to shoot hogs running loose on private or
public property.

“Feral swine are known vectors for diseases that are
transmissible to humans, livestock and wildlife,” said DNRE
Director Rebecca Humphries. “This change in the law gives us
another weapon for dealing with this unhealthy situation.”

The Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA) is in full
agreement with the new law.

“Three years of hard work by many partners has paid off,” said
Dr. Nancy Frank, MDA deputy director. “The joint resolutions by
both the Natural Resources and Agriculture Commissions sent us in
this direction. This legislation is key to preventing an
environmental and animal health disaster.”

The new laws take immediate effect.

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