Michigan Court Accepts Wildlife Officials’ Appeal, bans Invasive Pig Breeds

Michigan Court Accepts Wildlife Officials’ Appeal, bans Invasive Pig Breeds

The Russian boars and similar pig breeds have been banned by the Michigan’s appeals court on Wednesday following a plea from wildlife officials against an injunction ordered last year by a Marquette County judge that prevented officials from containing these invasive species.

In a 3-0 decision, the judgement ruled that there was nothing unconstitutional about the fact that the Department of Natural Resources is targeting some breeds.

Post the court orders, the wildlife officials can now take action against animal owners of the invasive swine species in the Upper Peninsula. The state department aims at containing the ventures of these wild boars into the wetlands and croplands which are damaged by their rooting and wallowing.

The Judges, Elizabeth Gleicher, Kirsten Frank Kelly and Deborah Servitto laid down the ban, stating,” The DNR’s decision to ban Russian wild boar advances the DNR’s legitimate objective of preventing any augmentation of the present wild pig population”.

The ruling added that the evidence presented by the DNR substantiates that the pigs identified in the order threaten the environment even though many of them are currently caged.

However, the court further identified that though the Russian boar owners are ‘highly responsible’; the DNR is reasonably exercising its authority in trying to control them as these boars are in the ‘wilds of our state’.

Attorney Glenn Smith explained that the boar owners still have an option to go to trial and argue that their animals are not wild and so they are technically not covered under the ban.

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