By Elsa Maxey
Properties in Fort Bend County have feral hogs, and a new state law on the books that affects them, being dubbed the pork chopper law, goes into effect Sept. 1. It will allow hunters to take a ride in a helicopter in search of the hogs to shoot them, but only if they have permission from the landowner. Helicopter companies throughout the state are reportedly already offering safety training along these lines.
The new legislation is aimed at reducing the state’s massive number of feral hogs estimated to be 2.8 million and the wild pigs reproduce rapidly, according to wildlife officials. They are known to destroy fences, fields and crops, and also menace and attack small deer and other animals, all of which costs millions of dollars in damage.
As explained, the law allows landowners to be paid by hunters, who will board a helicopter to shoot and kill feral hogs and also coyotes, which are targeted in the new law. Reportedly, landowners have been previously prohibited from accepting payment from hunters to shoot these types of animals from the air.