For more than a year, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has allowed a “shoot-on-sight” provision associated with feral swine. However, as of this month, the DNR’s invasive species designation, which passed last October, will be enforced as a further attempt to control the feral species and protect the domestic swine herd.
In a nutshell it means that feral swine are officially outlawed in the state, making it illegal to keep the animals, even in a private hunting preserve.
There had been a delay in implementing this last step in an effort to allow game ranches that have stocked feral swine for trophy hunters some time to depopulate their animals. “We think there may be some remaining. We’re going to start working with the facilities, the owners, doing voluntary inspections. We’re hoping they will get rid of them on their own,” Ed Golden, DNR public information officer told the Detroit Free Press.