Montana bill aims to keep wild hogs out of state
|January 9, 2015||View for printing|
Wild hogs have no business in Montana according to proposed legislation that aims to keep the animal out of the state.
Sen. Cliff Larsen introduced the bill in the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation Thursday. The Missoula Democrat says the state needs to defend its territory from the swine he calls an invasive species.
This may seem a silly law or one that restricts hunting but I've sat on panels that have tried to find solutions to the growing feral hog problem in many states. These animals do hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to not only farms and ranches but also to infrastructure. They are now becoming threats to people in several states.
I strongly urge the Montana legislature to pass this legislation. It's very very expensive to eradicate these once they're established and the results will be devastating.
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