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Trial judge reopens gate for Michigan exotic swine, which some say is delicious

Posted Mar 24, 2014 12:55 PM CDT
By Stephanie Francis Ward

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Michiganders may once again be able to own wild boars after a trial judge's ruling Monday that found a law banning “exotic swine breeds” to be unconstitutional.

The animals in question include Eurasian or Russian wild boars and razorback hogs, the Associated Press reports. In 2010, the Department of National Resources designated the swine as invasive species that are off-limits in Michigan.

According to the Detroit News, the breeds are popular with adventure hunters as well as foodies who enjoy the "tasty meat."

Three businesses located in the state’s upper peninsula brought the Marquette County action. Before the 2010 ban, the AP reports, many farms and hunting ranches kept exotic swine breeds. The Department of National Resources found that the swine often escaped their holding areas and damaged crops as well as the environment.

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