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December 16, 2013
New York Considers Banning Wild Boar Hunt - 7

Despite the fact that invasive feral pigs have all but taken over the lower 48 states (Texas is said to have close to 4 million animals within its borders alone) and have caused millions upon millions of dollars in crop damage, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced Friday that it has introduced legislation that would prohibit hunters from trapping or killing “free-range Eurasian boars.”

Department commissioner Joe Martens explained to The Citizen said that although these animals are a threat to the state’s environment and its natural resources, hunting them hinders the efforts of the DEC and the United States Department of Agriculture to capture the species. 

"As long as swine may be pursued by hunters, there is a potential conflict with our swine eradication efforts," Martens said in a statement. "Eurasian boars often join together to form a 'sounder', the name for a group of pigs sometimes numbering 20 or more individuals. Shooting individual boars as opportunities arise is ineffective as an eradication method and this often causes the remaining animals to disperse and be more difficult to remove."

If passed, the proposed legislation would make it illegal to hunt or trap the animals.  Disturbing traps set by the DEC and the USDA would also be illegal. Hunting wild boar on preserves would be legal until 2015 at which time certain exceptions would be put into place.

Does this plan have merit? Comment below!

 

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from Maxx Traxx wrote 17 weeks 5 hours ago

These people are fools and ignorant of eradication. Along with most of their laws this one is wrong too!

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from Yoda wrote 17 weeks 1 day ago

I will say it makes sense if they act quickly and devote a ton of resources to clearing an area if only for the fact hunting pressure on them might make the hogs wary or move them into different areas. If they don't devote enough resources to it than it is doomed for failure, and will only be a matter of time before they are either named a nuisance animal or game animal.

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from huntfishtrap wrote 17 weeks 2 days ago

I guess it makes sense...if you're a NYC liberal politician who has never been within a mile of a hunter in their life.
So what if hunting is a relatively ineffective tactic for eradicating feral hogs - it still reduces the population, and I would think that would be a good thing.
But what should we expect out of NY but stupidity when it comes to hunting laws.

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from DSMbirddog wrote 17 weeks 2 days ago

When wild hogs were first found in Iowa the DNR asked that hunters leave them alone. They felt sharpshooters could handle them. A year later they said that didn't work out and that the hogs should be shot on sight. I'm sorry, NY DEC but it won't work. If the hogs are there they will be there for good.

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from RD77 wrote 17 weeks 2 days ago

The DEC commissioner is a fool.

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from Johnnie wrote 17 weeks 2 days ago

I'm from N.Y. STATE and that makes just as much sense as the (UN)SAFE Act. Also what makes perfect sense is the Munchins in the Wizard of Oz. If, I didn't have family here in N.Y. State I would leave this upside down N.Y. State.

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from bigd7400 wrote 17 weeks 2 days ago

Does this have merit? Uh...does anything NY enacts have merit? How's the Federal eradication going so far in every other state? Do they really think they can do it better in NY? I would highly doubt this is anything but another anti-hunting anti-gun initiative from a less than friendly state government, but then again everyone knows politicians, especially northeastern pols, are the smartest people in the room.

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from bigd7400 wrote 17 weeks 2 days ago

Does this have merit? Uh...does anything NY enacts have merit? How's the Federal eradication going so far in every other state? Do they really think they can do it better in NY? I would highly doubt this is anything but another anti-hunting anti-gun initiative from a less than friendly state government, but then again everyone knows politicians, especially northeastern pols, are the smartest people in the room.

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from Johnnie wrote 17 weeks 2 days ago

I'm from N.Y. STATE and that makes just as much sense as the (UN)SAFE Act. Also what makes perfect sense is the Munchins in the Wizard of Oz. If, I didn't have family here in N.Y. State I would leave this upside down N.Y. State.

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from DSMbirddog wrote 17 weeks 2 days ago

When wild hogs were first found in Iowa the DNR asked that hunters leave them alone. They felt sharpshooters could handle them. A year later they said that didn't work out and that the hogs should be shot on sight. I'm sorry, NY DEC but it won't work. If the hogs are there they will be there for good.

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from huntfishtrap wrote 17 weeks 2 days ago

I guess it makes sense...if you're a NYC liberal politician who has never been within a mile of a hunter in their life.
So what if hunting is a relatively ineffective tactic for eradicating feral hogs - it still reduces the population, and I would think that would be a good thing.
But what should we expect out of NY but stupidity when it comes to hunting laws.

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from RD77 wrote 17 weeks 2 days ago

The DEC commissioner is a fool.

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from Yoda wrote 17 weeks 1 day ago

I will say it makes sense if they act quickly and devote a ton of resources to clearing an area if only for the fact hunting pressure on them might make the hogs wary or move them into different areas. If they don't devote enough resources to it than it is doomed for failure, and will only be a matter of time before they are either named a nuisance animal or game animal.

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from Maxx Traxx wrote 17 weeks 5 hours ago

These people are fools and ignorant of eradication. Along with most of their laws this one is wrong too!

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