Legislators Approve Aerial Hog Hunting

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.

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