Already a major problem for farmers in the South, wild boars are now a target of the New York State government.
The wild boar population has been increasing in New York in recent years and state officials fear an explosion of the invasive species could be in the works.
But don’t blame the migration of wild boars from Texas, Alabama or Florida. Instead, the boars living in the wild here are largely escapees – and offspring – from the dozen or more upstate hunting preserves upstate that offer guaranteed kills in their fenced-in lands, according to federal and state agencies.
That’s about to end, as Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is expected this week to sign a law that would, at first, ban breeding and importation and, by 2015, outright prohibit possession of the wild boar.
For Pete Smith, that’s a problem. He and his wife run Creekside Outdoors in Forestville in Chautauqua County. On any given day, the 500-acre site with a high fence includes up to 100 Eurasian boars for the 200 boar hunts he hosts each year. The preserve – on the grounds of a former dairy farm – also offers fallow deer, ram and elk hunts.
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