Michigan DNR Order Listing Sporting Swine as Invasive Species Takes Effect

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A Department of Natural Resources director's order listing sporting swine as an invasive species took effect over the weekend on Oct. 8, making it illegal to possess the animals in Michigan.

"Absent a regulatory program in Michigan law for sporting swine facilities, the invasive species order is being put into effect," said DNR Director Rodney Stokes.

Stokes said active enforcement of the invasive species order will not start prior to April 1, 2012, with compliance visits to swine shooting and breeding facilities planned after that date.

Sporting swine facilities can use the next six months to schedule hunts to reduce the population of sporting swine on their properties. Facilities still in possession of sporting swine on April 1, 2012, may face violations and fines.

The DNR acted to list sporting swine as an invasive species to help stop the spread of invasive swine across the State to eliminate the disease risk they pose to humans, domestic pigs and wildlife, and to prevent damage to agricultural and other lands. The state is working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to eradicate feral swine. Legislation was also passed last year allowing people with any valid hunting license to shoot feral swine on public land and on private land with the permission of the landowner.

For more information on feral swine in Michigan, go to www.michigan.gov/feralswine.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.

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Retired2hunt's picture

  Very good for Michigan in

 

Very good for Michigan in working efficiently in classifying this aninal as an invasive species.  So shoot on sight!  Great that the state is taking on an effort to quickly address the problem animal and the farms that raise them for sport. 

 

numbnutz's picture

This must go with the other

This must go with the other report that was posted the other day. I think it's a good thing that Michigan is doing. It seems like they're getting ahead of the potenial problem. Like someone commented on the other story I wonder how many of these ranches will just forget to close the gates and let the pigs out so they don't face fines. If that happens it will cause a pretty big problem. Lets just hope that doesn't happen and this new law and enforcement goes smooth. Pigs across the country are becoming a big problem and it's nice to see a state be proactive on the issue and try the prevention route instead of the oh crap we have a problem route like many southern state have done. Good for Michigan

hunter25's picture

I read the other report as

I read the other report as well and it looks like the state of Michigan is really trying to be proactive with the hogs before they have any chance to get out of control or cause any damage at all. I still wonder how many of these type of farms they have up there because up until now I didn't think there were hardly any at all.

Hopefully these measures will have the desired results and they will never have the problems that many other states are having.