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New York Bans Hunting Eurasian Wild Boars

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I was at a party years ago when one of my friends asked me to try a type of meat I’d never had before. While I didn’t like the taste of it, it was a big hit with everyone else and they all wanted to know where he’d stumbled on wild boar.

My friend lives in Vermont and each year he looks forward to traveling to New York with bow in hand to try to catch wild boar, something he won’t be able to do anymore.

Even thought the state of New York is trying to eradicate Eurasian boars from ours fields and forests, environmental regulators have banned hunting or trapping them in the wild.
After researching the issue of wild boars in other states, the Department of Environmental Conservation came to the conclusion that hunting wild boar is pretty much ineffective and actually disperses groups of wild pigs, which is something they don’t want to do.

As of right now, the new regulation doesn’t ban “canned” hunts on enclosed property and the department will issue special permits to landowners to kill nuisance animals. Under the law, farmers whose property or crops are damaged can kill them without a permit.
Authorities say the regulation applies only to Eurasian boars, but notes that doesn’t mean hunters can shoot other free-ranging domestic, farm and pot-bellied pigs that get loose because they are covered by state agriculture laws with no legal provision for hunting them.

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