Feral Hogs Continue to Run Wild in Oklahoma

Feral Hogs Continue to Run Wild in Oklahoma

May 24, 2016 

Nashville, TN RFD-TV Staff 

Oklahoma's governor has vetoed a bill that would have lifted all restrictions on removing feral hogs. The governor says the bill presented public safety issues, such as allowing hunting on public lands at night.

Instead the governor's executive order gives private landowners the right to hunt and trap hogs on their own land at night, but they are not allowed to pursue the pigs onto public roadways. It also requires landowners to provide advance notice to the county's game warden before attempts to remove the hogs. 

Despite the veto, the Oklahoma Farm Bureau says that feral hogs are invasive species and landowners should be able to remove them with out restrictions. There are an estimates 1.6 million feral hogs in Oklahoma that cause more than $1 billion of damage each year.  

Feral hogs have become a growing issue in Oklahoma over the past few years. Last year, state agencies began the move towards restricting the spread of feral swine with rules restricting transport of live pigs and prohibiting the creation of new high-fence hog operations.

“Traditionally, pigs roamed wild in the southeast region and were basically livestock that people gathered up when they needed them for food for the family,” said Jeff Pennington, central region supervisor for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. "In the past 30 years they started spreading, and it is mostly due to a human-induced movement. People released hogs closer to home so they could hunt them.”

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