Texas judge puts poison plan for feral hogs on hold

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A Texas state District Court Judge has put a hold on a Texas Department of Agriculture rule change that would allow the use of a poison to help curtail the state's estimated 2.5 million feral hogs.

The Austin American-Statesman reports that the judge issued a restraining order on Tuesday. The company Wild Boar Meats LLC asked for a restraining order to stop the emergency rule proposed by State Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller.

The rule would allow the state to use warfarin-based poison to kill the hogs. But the company argued in its request for an injunction that the poison would impose a burden on ranchers trying to graze animals in nearby pastures and will cause economic damage to the hunting and meat processing industries in the state.

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