You can hunt feral hogs in New York State, but you can no longer protect them. A bill banning the sale or possession of the destructive Eurasian boar has passed the Assembly and the Senate. "For several years, this environmental and public health concern has been growing," the bill's sponsor, Manhattan Assemblywoman Deborah Glick, said in a release. Indeed a biologist with the DEC has called them "the most destructive mammal out there," besides, you know, us.

New York's feral hog problem isn't nearly as bad as it is in warmer states like Texas, where you can shoot them with automatic weapons from the open door of a helicopter as it screams across the cloudless sky of your sixtieth birthday. But the fast-breeding hogs, which can weigh several hundred pounds and sport razor-sharp tusks, have been eating and destroying New York's crops for several years.

Glick's legislative director told DNAinfo that the Assemblymember "raised the bill to a little higher level" by invoking the possibility the boars could taint our reservoirs by "pooping" in them. That said, the DEC notes that the boars can "transmit several serious diseases including swine brucellosis, E. coli, trichinosis, and pseudorabies to livestock and /or humans." Despite its friendly sounding prefix, you do NOT want pseudorabies.

The fine for possessing a wild boar will be up to $500 for the first and second violation, and possibly more than $1,000 for a third.

Meanwhile, in the Lone Star State...