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Michigan’s ban on wild pigs takes effect today

As of today, wild pigs, or feral swine, are officially outlaws in Michigan — illegal to keep, even in a private hunting preserve.

The state Department of Natural Resources has had shoot-on-sight approval on the critters for more than a year while trying to work out regulations for the game ranches that import them for trophy hunters. But with the Legislature failing to agree on anything, the DNR’s invasive species designation took effect Oct. 1 and will be enforced as of today, DNR Public Information Officer Ed Golden said Friday.

“We delayed active enforcement to give anybody who had them an opportunity to depopulate,” Golden said.