Sarasota Considers Wild Hog Hunt to Cull Animals

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) -- A proposal in Sarasota County to allow hog hunts on a Sarasota wilderness preserve is being criticized by animal rights activists.

According to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune (, local officials are considering whether to allow a group of 30 hunters with dogs and knives to go into a Sarasota County wilderness preserve for nighttime hog hunts in December and again next March.

County commissioners have postponed a decision on the proposal to do more research.

Officials from the Southwest Florida Water Management District and the county say legions of wild hogs are tearing up pristine lands in Deer Prairie Creek Preserve.

But animal rights activists say that even though guns and archery would not be allowed, the use of dogs and other methods of killing the hogs are extreme measures.

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