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Cuomo to wild boars: Pack up your bags

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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Robert J. McCarthy

Robert J. McCarthy

A native of Schenectady, Robert J. McCarthy came to The Buffalo News in 1982 following a six-year stint at the Olean Times Herald. He is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, and has been covering local, state and national politics since 1992.

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Tom Precious

Tom Precious

Tom Precious joined The Buffalo News in 1997 as bureau chief at the state Capitol, where he covers everything from statewide politics and state government fiscal affairs to health care, environmental and municipal government matters. Prior to The News, he worked for news outlets in Albany and Washington, DC.

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Jill Terreri

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Jill Terreri is an Amherst native and has covered politics and government in upstate New York since 2003. She joined The Buffalo News in 2012 and covers City Hall.

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Jerry Zremski

Jerry Zremski

Jerry Zremski, The Buffalo News Washington bureau chief, has reported from the nation's capital since 1989 after joining The News as a business reporter in 1984. A graduate of Syracuse University, Zremski is a former Nieman fellow in journalism at Harvard University. In 2007, he served as president of the National Press Club.

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