Watson files bill to require study of feral hog poison
Measure seeks look at effects on environment, economy and hunters.
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-