Traverse City Record-Eagle

July 28, 2013

Fight over feral swine gets ugly

BY GLENN PUIT gpuit@record-eagle.com
Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — TRAVERSE CITY — A Michigan hog farmer faces up to $700,000 in fines because he owns a type of pig now outlawed by the state.

A game ranch owner in Fife Lake faces a similar dilemma, prompting him to destroy more than 80 of his pigs for the same reason: the state views his hogs as a threat.

Those are just two situations playing out in what is commonly referred to as Michigan’s pig fight. The big, muddy mess pits conservation of Michigan’s spectacular natural resources and farmlands against a handful of small farmers and hunting ranch owners who contend they’re just trying to make a living by raising hybrid hogs.

The state says its enforcement actions are necessary to prevent an invasion of wild boars, but some think regulators are going too far.

Read more on page D1 in today’s Business section.