Help for feral hog problem

Legislation approved by the Oklahoma House of Representatives will help Oklahomans reduce the number of feral hogs in Oklahoma.

Senate Bill 1142, by state Rep. Sean Roberts, would allow the hunting of feral hogs day or night on private land if the hunter has permission from the landowner.

The Samuel Roberts Noble Research Foundation has estimated the feral hog population in Oklahoma to be as high as 1.6 million, with hogs verified in all 77 counties. The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture has reported that feral hogs can carry up to 30 different diseases.

“The rapidly growing feral hog population threatens the safety and property of Oklahomans all over the state,” said Roberts, R-Hominy. “I am pleased that my colleagues have supported this effort to remove a barrier to their elimination.”