North Carolina's Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler is pleased that the General Assembly has passed legislation regarding troubling feral swine. As of October first, it will be illegal to transport live hogs unless they have an official form of identification that the State Veterinarian has approved for the purpose.
Then a year from now, anyone caught transporting hogs without proper identification will face civil penalties of up to $5,000 per animal. The law also classfies all free-ranging wild hogs as 'feral swine' and provides for the taking of feral hogs as non-game aniamls. The immediate effect of the redefinition is to eliminate a hunting season for them, as well as permit requirements.