Legislation Underway to Deal with Feral Pigs

US - With experts pointing to feral pigs as a possible culprit in the recent pseudorabies cases in Wisconsin, one lawmaker wants to take a look at how to handle the wild animals from being a problem in the future.
calendar icon 30 April 2007
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State Representative Lee Nerison of Viroqua has introduced legislation that would require Department of Natural Resources to designate by rule feral pigs as harmful wild animals.
According to the Wisconsin Farm Bureau, the DNR currently regulates a number of activities relating to wild animals, including the possession, propagation, sale, and purchase of those animals and the introduction, stocking, and release of those animals.
But Nerison says the DNR must promulgate rules for the housing of wild animals that include specifications for enclosures for each species of harmful wild animal.
Since pseudorabies has been eradicated from commercial operations for nearly 10 years, many believe the recent outbreak of the disease may have come from wild animals.
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Source: USAgNet.com
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