NY State seeks to eradicate Eurasian boar from the state

October 23, 2013

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — 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. Andrew 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, breeding and the releasing the animals into the wild. They can weigh up to 300 pounds. By 2015, possession of a Eurasian boar will be a crime.

That 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.


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