by Tim Church
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation continues its work to grow awareness and eradicate the ongoing feral hog problem in the state.
At a meeting on January 22nd, the Missouri Conservation Commission voiced initial approval for recommended changes to the Wildlife Code of Missouri that would prohibit the hunting of feral hogs on lands owned, leased, or managed by the MDC.
The MDC is taking a stand on this particular situation for a number of reasons, according to Private Lands Conservationist Christin Byrd:
Byrd says the next step in this process includes a 30-day public comment period on the proposed regulation changes, which will run from April 2nd, to May 1st. Public comments can either be submitted by mail to: Missouri Department of Conservation, Regulations Committee, PO Box 180, Jefferson City, Missouri 65102-0180. Comments can also be submitted by email to Regulations@mdc.mo.gov, or online at mdc.mo.gov/node/24141.
Following a final Conservation Commission consideration of citizen input and staff recommendations, the anticipated effective date of the regulation changes is planned for September 30, 2016. Potential penalties for illegal hog hunting could include fines and the loss of hunting privileges.
More information on feral hogs can be found here.