DNR Order Upheld: Possessing Wild Swine Illegal

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Courts upheld DNR order making it illegal to own exotic swineMARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News)An Upper Peninsula judge has upheld a Department of Natural Resources order making it illegal to possess exotic swine in Michigan.

Marquette County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Solka rejected claims that the state’s ban on ownership of animals known as wild boar, feral swine or razorbacks is unconstitutionally vague, but said lawsuits challenging the policy can move forward because they raise other issues for courts to consider.

The DNR acted last year to list sporting swine as an invasive species to help stop their spread across the state to eliminate the disease risk they pose to humans, domestic pigs and wildlife, and to prevent damage to agricultural and other lands. It began actively enforcing the order in April.

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