AUSTIN – Hunters that wanted some ammunition in their battle against Texas’ feral hog population finally received it on Sunday.
Senate Bill 317, which was recently signed by Governor Greg Abbott that states that it is legal to hunt feral hogs without a license, went into effect Sept. 1.
The law, which was authored by Senator Bryan Hughes of Mineloa, was passed unanimously by the House and Senate before going to the governor’s desk.
Feral hogs cause an estimated $52 million in damage to Texas agricultural enterprises each year, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension.
There are around 2 million feral hogs in the state.
In addition to hogs damaging millions of dollars in crops and property every year, they’ve been known to be the source of spreading E. coli in Hill County waterways by defecating.