(AP) The Texas House tentatively approved a bill last week encouraging hunters to take on wild pigs from the air. The animals — weighing up to 300 pounds — destroy crops, trample fences and eat anything in their path.
Rep. Sid Miller (R-Stephenville) said the measure would allow landowners — who can get a permit to control feral hog populations from a helicopter — to sell seats on the helicopter to some hunters.
Miller said his bill would allow landowners to recoup their losses — and possibly make a profit — while protecting their property from the hogs. He said more than 2 million hogs across Texas cause $400 million of damage each year.
Some detractors argued that allowing farmers to make a profit created a new area of sport hunting that was passed off as population control.
Source: Associated Press
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