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Legislators Approve Aerial Hog Hunting

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    Legislators Approve Aerial Hog Hunting
    Wild hogs cause $400 million of damage each year in Texas.

    The Texas House on Thursday tentatively approved a bill encouraging hunters to take on wild pigs from the air.

    Rep. Sid Miller, R-Stephenville, said the measure would allow landowners -- who can get a permit to control feral hog populations from a helicopter -- to sell seats on the helicopter to some hunters.

    The animals -- weighing up to 300 pounds -- destroy crops, trample fences and eat anything in their path.

    Miller said his bill would allow landowners to recoup their losses -- and possibly make a profit -- while protecting their property from the hogs. He said more than 2 million hogs across Texas cause $400 million of damage each year.

    Some detractors argued that allowing farmers to make a profit created a new area of sport hunting that was passed off as population control.