wild boar http://michiganradio.org en State wants judge to issue $700,000 fine to small farmer for special pigs http://michiganradio.org/post/state-wants-judge-issue-700000-fine-small-farmer-special-pigs <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOBUKrMXfGw&amp;feature=player_embedded</p><p>A farmer in Michigan could face up to $700,000 in fines for keeping a hybrid breed of pig if Michigan’s Attorney General’s office has its way.</p><p>Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources banned a species of wild Russian boar two years ago. The concern is that the pigs could escape from hunting reserves or farms and become hard to manage in the wild.</p><p>Mark Baker grows produce, and raises chickens, pigs and other animals at <a href="http://bakersgreenacres.com/">Baker's Green Acres</a> in Marion. Wed, 10 Jul 2013 11:55:52 +0000 Lindsey Smith 13452 at http://michiganradio.org Battling the 'Asian Carp on Land' http://michiganradio.org/post/battling-asian-carp-land <p>On July 8<sup>th</sup>, the Department of Natural Resources will follow through with a designation that <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wild_hog">wild hogs</a> are an invasive species.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;There are <a href="http://www.michiganfarmbureau.com/farmnews/transform.php?xml=20061130/cover.xml">several thousand feral pigs believed to be running wild</a> in Michigan, according to&nbsp; Mary Detloff, a spokeswoman&nbsp;for&nbsp;the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 04 Jul 2011 20:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 3123 at http://michiganradio.org Battling the 'Asian Carp on Land' Lawmakers wrestling with wild hogs http://michiganradio.org/post/lawmakers-wrestling-wild-hogs <p>Wild hogs have been the talk of the state legislature this week. Hunting ranches call the hogs Russian boars. They&rsquo;re brown and hairy and the males have little tusks. The hogs are bred and raised to be hunted. Wild hog hunts typically go for around 500 or 600 bucks.</p><p>The Department of Natural Resources says wild hogs have gotten out of hand. The DNR says the hogs have gotten loose and are running around... doing things like tearing up the soil, destroying crops and competing with other animals for food.</p><p>The agency points out that wild hog breeding and hunting within these fenced facilities is currently unregulated. Last year, the DNR director <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-153-10371_10402-248245--,00.html">signed an order</a>. It will make it illegal to possess a wild hog in Michigan. The order goes into effect July 8th... unless a law is passed to regulate wild hogs on hunting ranches.</p><p>Ted Nugent is possibly the most outspoken critic of a ban on wild hogs. He owns a <a href="http://www.tednugent.com/sunrize/">hunting ranch</a> near Jackson.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;There&rsquo;s this voodoo subculture out there that is misrepresenting that there are pigs loose and there are pigs out there destroying the environment and destroying family farms, when none of that is true.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p> Thu, 16 Jun 2011 14:55:30 +0000 Rebecca Williams 2911 at http://michiganradio.org Lawmakers wrestling with wild hogs Michigan steps up the war on wild boar http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-steps-war-wild-boar <P>Rural Michigan is fighting a war with feral swine and wild boars.&nbsp;&nbsp; The problem is getting worse.&nbsp;&nbsp; Now, the state is about to take a major step up declaring them an "invasive species"</P> <P>The Associated Press reports:</P> <P><SPAN lang=EN>Michigan's fight against feral swine and wild boar is escalating.&nbsp; </SPAN><SPAN lang=EN>Department of Natural Resources and Environment Director Rebecca Humphries announced Friday she signed an order declaring the swine an invasive species in Michigan.</SPAN></P> <P><SPAN lang=EN>The order doesn't take effect until July 8.&n Fri, 10 Dec 2010 15:02:30 +0000 544 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan steps up the war on wild boar