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Bill targeting feral hogs flies through Oklahoma legislative panel

The measure would allow landowners to hire bush pilots to shoot feral hogs from small airplanes. A lawmaker says feral hogs are a growing problem, especially in southern parts of Oklahoma.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT Modified: April 3, 2013 at 9:56 pm •  Published: April 4, 2013

Armes said feral hogs continue to be a growing problem in southern Oklahoma as they root through crops and grasslands. They reproduce quickly and are a health risk because they carry diseases humans can catch, and they're not easily frightened. Some feral hogs recently came up to his house and rooted through the front lawn, he said.

Despite his concerns, Lockhart ended up voting for SB 919, which passed 15-0. It now goes to the House Calendar Committee, which will determine if it gets a hearing in the House.

Lawmakers in 2009 passed legislation that lets landowners who operate big game commercial hunting areas to hire a sharpshooter to kill feral hogs from a helicopter.

SB 919 removes the requirement that someone has to have a big game commercial hunting area license to use aircraft and gets rid of language that the aircraft be used only above land listed in the commercial hunting area license.