NY bans boar hunting

By Associated Press

October 23, 2013

ALBANY — New York wants to head off a potential rampage by wild, Eurasian boar by banning their import and use in so-called “canned hunts.”

Gov. Cuomo signed a bill on Tuesday that outlaws hunting Eurasian boars, now done in fewer than 20 commercial hunting facilities statewide.

The new law prohibits not just hunting, but importing and breeding the animals and releasing them into the wild. They can weigh up to 300 pounds. By 2015, possession of a Eurasian boar will be a crime.

The effort is intended to end the destruction of farmland by boars and their threat to pets. They’re considered an invasive species and have created havoc in Southern states, where they go by the names razorbacks, Russian boars, and feral swine.

The Buffalo News reported the wild boar populations are growingimagesCALYDLG2 mostly because of hunting preserves that attract hunters with a guarantee of getting their game in a fenced-in area.

Also see:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monster_Pig

The HSUS has more on canned hunting here: http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/captive_hunts/ and here: http://www.humanesociety.org/news/press_releases/2013/10/ny-gov-signs-wild-pigs-legislation-102213.html


5 thoughts on “NY bans boar hunting

  1. Hunters like to claim how much good they’ve done for wildlife and habitat management, but how much damage has been done by game departments importing exotic species so the hunters have one more thing to shoot or catch?

  2. Happy to say that one of the “game farms” (or preserves…or whatever they call them) is located approx 20 minutes from where I live. The owner is crying about boar killing being 60 percent of his business and this will put an end to it. Oh well!! 🙂
    But notice it may have been FARMING organizations which had the most impetus in this decision …. despite the alignment of the HSUS and others.
    On another note, The gov’t waited waaay to long to impose restrictions on the importation, breeding and selling of pythons and other snakes in the U.S. Now look at what’s happening in the everglades … putting indigenous wildlife (and humans) in peril. Damn, they’re stupid!

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