Ohio motorists can legally 'bring home the bacon'

Jeffery FrischkornWith Ohio's legislators struggling to agree on just about anything, it is comforting to know these elected officials are rear unanimous hog-wild agreement over something anyway.

Call it allowing motorists to bring home the bacon, as it were.

Members of Ohio's House of Representatives have agreed to allow motorists who run over a feral – or wild – pig to keep the animal's carcass. Just as they can when their Buick has a too-close encounter with a buck deer.

Supporting House Bill 199 were 99 of the state's House representatives.

The lone hold-out who huffed and puffed his opposition and tried to blow the sensible measure down was state Rep. Matthew Lundy, D-Elyria.

Under the bill's provisions, a motorist whose vehicle make roadkill of the piggish critter can claim first-dibs on the animal.

Oh, and the same applies should a motorist's automobile or truck crunches the living daylights out of a wild turkey.

The only stipulation requires the motorist to report the incident and seizure to an Ohio Division of Wildlife officer within 24 hours of the incident.

Also, the proposed measure gives the wildlife division the authority to establish a season and bag limits on wild/feral hogs, giving the species game animal status.

Presently, the state has no such stipulations though the wildlife division does encourage hunters and others to dispatch such animals on sight and as a highly destructive invasive species.

Though Ohio has long permitted motorists to claim what's left of any deer that gets creamed by his or her vehicle, any number of states dictate that any such wild animal or bird still belongs to the commonwealth.

As such, it is illegal for a motorist to toss whatever might remain of a crushed critter into an automobile's trunk or the bed of a pick-up trunk.

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