Wat­son files bill to re­quire study of feral hog poi­son

Mea­sure seeks look at ef­fects on en­vi­ron­ment, econ­omy and hunters.

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO & STATE - By Asher Price ash­er­price@states­man.com Poi­son

Aim­ing to de­rail a Texas Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture plan in­volv­ing the sale of poi­son-laced food to kill off feral hogs, state Sen. Kirk Wat­son, D-Austin, has filed a mea­sure that pro­poses study­ing the poi­son be­fore it is used.

The feral hogs cause mil­lions of dol­lars in dam­age in the state an­nu­ally, and Agri­cul­ture Com­mis­sioner Sid Miller had cham­pi­oned the poi­soned bait as a way to erad­i­cate the feral hog pop­u­la­tion.

In Fe­bru­ary, Miller an­nounced that he had ap­proved Ka­put Feral Hog Lure for li­censed statewide use. The prod­uct is bait food laced with war­farin, used as a blood thin­ner for hu­mans but lethal in hogs.

Miller’s an­nounce­ment im­me­di­ately drew re­ac­tions across the spec­trum, from sup­port to anx­i­eties about the en­vi­ron­men­tal con­se­quences.

Last week, a state district judge in Austin or­dered a tem­po­rary halt to the new rules al­low­ing the bait’s use.

Se­nate Bill 1454, filed Wed­nes­day, says the state “may not reg-

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