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Killing of feral hogs without license now legal in Texas

Bill passed unanimously in Texas Senate

The hunting of feral hogs without a license is now legal in the state of Texas.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott received overwhelming support after signing Senate Bill 317, authored by Sen. Bryan Hughes.

The bill passed unanimously in the Texas Senate in April, and the law went into effect Sept. 1.

Feral hogs have been a nuisance for many Texas residents, digging up grass and rooting for food.

KSAT ran a story last October about residents in the Stillwater Ranch neighborhood who were concerned for their children's safety due to the presence of feral hogs in the area. Read more on that here.

There is currently an estimated population in excess of 1.5 million feral hogs in Texas, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.


About the Author:

Mary Claire Patton

Mary Claire Patton has been a journalist with KSAT 12 since 2015. She has reported on several high-profile stories during her career at KSAT including the Austin bombings, the mass shooting at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, the Dallas police ambush and Hurricane Harvey.