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Petitioning Michigan State House and 2 others

Don't Let Canned Hunt Ranches Create Wildlife Policy in Michigan

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Supporters

Michigan has enacted laws declaring feral swine as an invasive species. The decision targets the estimated 5,000 feral swine in the state.

However, putting this law into effect has been delayed once again to accommodate canned hunt ranches. Legislature is trying to decide on regulations that will allow the invasive feral swine to still be owned by private breeding and hunting facilities.

While occasional escapes from farms occur, the majority of the feral swine population comes from canned hunt ranches. To quote a Michigan DNRE press release: “The DNRE estimates that there are at least 65 swine hunting or breeding facilities in the state, and that a vast majority of the feral swine running at large in Michigan are animals that have escaped from hunting or breeding facilities.”

Eurasian and Russian wild boars are favored by hunting ranches for their size and the challenge of the hunt. Yet these non-native species are capable of weighing up to 500 pounds and cause considerable property and crop damage. The estimated damage in the U.S. is cited as a conservative $1.5 billion.

Regulating breeding and hunting facilities now is a solution that is too little too late.  A complete ban on invasive, feral swine in Michigan is needed now.

Letter to
Michigan State House
Michigan State Senate
Michigan Governor
I recently read on Change.org that Michigan created a law declaring feral swine as an invasive species. I applaud the decision to proactively eliminate the thousands feral swine in the state.

However, I am disappointed in the delay putting this law into effect to accommodate canned hunt ranches. While occasional escapes from farms occur, the majority of the feral swine population comes from these breeding and hunting facilities. To quote a Michigan DNRE press release: “The DNRE estimates that there are at least 65 swine hunting or breeding facilities in the state, and that a vast majority of the feral swine running at large in Michigan are animals that have escaped from hunting or breeding facilities.”

A package of bills known as the Sport Swine Marketing Act is before this legislative session (House Bills 4503, 4504, 4505 and 4506; and Senate Bills 307, 308, 309 and 310). These bills offer no real solution to the feral swine problem, between the low facility licensing fees and minimal punishment for escaped swine.

Eurasian and Russian wild boars are favored by hunting ranches for their size and the challenge of the hunt. Yet these non-native species are capable of weighing up to 500 pounds and cause considerable property and crop damage. The estimated damage in the U.S. is cited as a conservative $1.5 billion.

Regulating breeding and hunting facilities now is a solution that is too little too late. I urge you to seek a complete ban on invasive, feral swine in Michigan.

Thank you,