Big Adirondack issues – hogs, landswaps – clear legislature

Creepy picture of a feral pig taken by NYS DEC in Peru, NY, September 2011.

Creepy picture of a feral pig taken by NYS DEC in Peru, NY, September 2011.

Developing…

State Senator Betty Little’s office says a measure banning the importation and ownership of Eurasian pigs – the kind that turn into feral hogs when they escape or are released — has cleared the legislature and awaits Governor Andrew Cuomo’s signatures.

The animals are one of the most attention-grabbing ‘invasive’ species to arrive in the North Country in recent years, with state officials struggling to contain a colony living in the apple orchards and farms around Peru, in Clinton County.

Meanwhile, the state Assembly today passed two amendments to the state Constitution that would allow land swaps on the Adirondack forest preserve.

One settles land disputes around Racquette Lake in the interior of the Park, known as the Township 40 issue.

The other allows NYCO minerals to mine roughly 200 acres of state forest preserve land.  In exchange, the company will acquire roughly 1,500 acres of forest which will be added to the ‘forever wild’ preserve.

Both land swap measures still need approval by voters and will appear on the state ballot next November.

 

8 Comments on “Big Adirondack issues – hogs, landswaps – clear legislature”

  1. Dave says:

    I’d be curious to know if the legislation grandfathers in people who currently own these animals… and if not, what it does with them. Also hoping this does not exclude the canned hunting ranches that many people suspect of being the source of the problem.

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  2. Paul says:

    Too bad they didn’t do this before they had a problem.

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  3. oa says:

    Who among us doesn’t love the demon swine photo?

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  4. Brian Mann says:

    We literally sit around our newsroom trying to come up with excuses to re-use that photo. Slow news day? What’s the pig angle?

    When I retire from NCPR, my professional obit will include this line:

    “Mann, who once included a terrifying photograph of a feral pig with glowing eyes in one of his reports, will best e remembered for including a terrifying photograph of a feral pig with glowing eyes in one of his reports.”

    –Brian, NCPR

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  5. Peter Hahn says:

    should read “in many of his reports”.

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  6. Paul says:

    I think the pig is kind of cute?

    But I will shoot one if I see it.

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  7. Don Dew Jr. says:

    Or how about this one for your obit Brian, “Mann proves you can put lipstick on a pig!”

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  8. knuckleheadedliberal says:

    Stupid iPad! I actually Like Brian’s obit. How do you measure a life’s worth?

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