Saturday, February 4th, 2023
Saturday, February 4th, 2023

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Michigan wild hogs order to take effect in October

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – The Michigan Department
of Natural Resources has drafted a new order that lists sporting
swine as an invasive species – effective Oct. 8.

The DNR made the announcement Friday, saying it was acting on a
request from Gov. Rick Snyder. The action is intended to give the
Legislature more time to pass laws regulating sporting swine
hunting and breeding facilities in Michigan.

The animals are a mix of Eurasian or Russian boars or swine that
are bred and used for hunting purposes.

The original order listing sporting swine as an invasive species
was signed by former DNR Director Rebecca Humphries in December but
post-dated Friday at the request of incoming legislative leaders,
who wanted a chance to fashion regulatory laws.

Agriculture leaders told the Kalamazoo Gazette the swine are a
threat to commercial agriculture because of the diseases they may
harbor.

Environmentalists don’t like the animals because, when they
escape and establish feral populations, they can destroy birds,
wildlife and habitat.

“Michigan pork producers are extremely disappointed by this
decision to delay the implementation of a ban against an invasive
species that puts Michigan businesses, Michigan agriculture and
tens of thousands of Michigan jobs at risk,” Mary Kelpinski,
executive director of the Michigan Pork Producers Association, said
Friday.

The state House has passed legislation, and the extension will
give the Senate an opportunity to act on the bills.

 

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