By Tom Precious
Albany -- Wild boars beware: New York wants you to leave the state, one way or the other.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo this morning signed a bill into law that makes it illegal to possess Eurasian boars and or hybrids, which state officials say could in a matter of years could pose widespread danger to farm crops, family pets and native species of animals and plants.
The Buffalo News wrote about the issue on Sunday, pros and cons alike.
UPDATE: Owners of hunting reserves, where boar hunting is offered at between about 15 to 20 places in upstate, said last week that the bill will put them out of business.
But Brian Shapiro, New York state director for The Humane Society of the United States, said today the new law will help farmers and native wildlife. "Animals escaping from fenced shooting facilities led directly to the establishment of these wild populations in New York. Addressing this issue at its source is the most logical, humane and cost-effective solution,'' he said.
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