Legislation boosting criminal penalties for those who knowingly release feral hogs into the wild is heading to the Missouri Senate, after receiving final House approval on Thursday. The vote was 108-38. Olivette State Representative Tracy McCreery, the top Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee, urged her colleagues to vote for the bill:
The Sierra Club also backs the bill. Feral hogs are a major issue across southern Missouri, especially in and near the Mark Twain National Forest. Governor Parson is warning that feral hogs are a danger to the state and pose serious safety risks to residents.