SCS/HCS/HB 508 - This act modifies provisions relating to feral swine.
The act removes the phrase "or sheep" from provisions of law relating to certain animals running at large.
The act repeals a definition for "feral hog" and replaces it with a definition for "feral swine". Additionally, the term "feral hog" is replaced with "feral swine" throughout the act.
Any person who recklessly or knowingly releases any swine to live in a wild or feral state may be sentenced to pay a fine up to $2,000.
Provisions of law relating to the release of feral swine shall not be construed to criminalize the release of domestic swine into a facility under a Department of Conservation permit or to hinder the ability to transport domestic swine to market or slaughter.
Provisions of law relating to the possession or transportation of feral swine shall not apply to the possession of the offspring of domestic swine that are unintentionally sired by feral swine and are reported to the state veterinarian as set forth in the act.
Any person who takes or kills a feral swine on public or private land without the consent of the landowner or with the use of an artificial light or thermal imagery is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
Finally, the act repeals rulemaking authority for the Director of the Department of Agriculture for health standards for certain wild swine and repeals provisions of law creating the Animal Health Fund.
This act is similar to SCS/SB 236 (2021), SB 1059 (2020), and HCS/HB 1798 (2020).