For Immediate Release: February 26, 2007
Senator Roger Ballenger
Feral Swine Control Act Sent to House
One of Oklahoma's greatest animal nuisances may
soon meet its match under a proposed bill that passed the State
Senate Monday. Senator Roger
Ballenger is author of Senate Bill 70 to create the Feral
Swine Control Act.
"These non-native animals are dangerous pests in our state.
They destroy our natural resources, inhibit agriculture production
and carry deadly diseases," said Ballenger, D-Okmulgee.
"As the feral swine population in our state continues to
grow, we're going to see increased damage to our crops, livestock,
and wildlife habitats. And even worse, we’re going to
be facing increasing health risks because of the diseases they
carry. So it's very important that we get the population under
control through whatever means necessary."
The Act would allow for aggressive measures to reduce the number
of feral swine in Oklahoma, which are carriers of such diseases
as brucellosis, pseudorabies, tuberculosis, anthrax, and trichinosis.
Individuals would not be required to have a hunting license
to kill these animals as long as they are on the individuals'
land and removed during daylight. If a person wants to deal
with these animals at night, the appropriate permit would have
to be obtained from the Department of Wildlife Conservation,
which is good for only 90 days. SB 70 also requires persons
transmitting these animals through the state to have a special
"The measure not only gives citizens permission to get
rid of these pests in whatever way they see fit, it also charges
those that release these animals on public and private land
with a felony punishable with up to two years in prison or a
fine of two-thousand dollars or both," said Ballenger.
"We're not only dealing with those animals born in the
wild, but ones born in captivity and then released into the
wild. This is dangerous and violators will be prosecuted."
The measure now moves to the House for consideration.
For more information contact:
Senator Ballenger's Office - (405) 521-5588