The Eurasian boar bill Gov. Cuomo signed on October 22 to protect the environment will have a stunning impact on hunting preserve operators and average-Joe hunters.
“We knew it was going to come eventually,” said Pete Smith at Creekside Outdoors in Forestville of a ban on the possession, sale and hunting of wild boars.
The legislators’ vote was not close; only six voted in opposition to the bill that the Governor inked shortly after passage in the Assembly and Senate.
Potential dangers of devastation seen in Texas, Georgia and other Southern states prompted the legislative action. Add pressures from anti-hunting factions and even hunters favoring only fair-chase hunts and the so-called “canned hunts” wild-boar options offered at hunting preserves such as Creekside were fated to fall.
Fears of boars escaping from preserves and spreading chronic wasting disease (CWD) and other wild-animal diseases plus damages done to wild lands and forests as well as to wildlife and domestic livestock sealed the deal.
The only compensation the bill offers to preserve operators such as Pete and Tania Smith and the 12 other boar-hunt facilities in New York State is an extension of “continued possession of these animals” through August 31, 2015.
The boar bill took effect immediately upon the governor’s signing with “none” cited as “Budget Implications” and as “Local Impact.” More....