Texas' growing hog population causes millions of dollars' worth of damage to crops every year. Texas has an estimated two million feral hogs. Their high breeding rate and lack of natural predators has seen their population explode.
The state already allows the shooting of feral hogs from helicopters, but that is expensive and has been very unsuccessful because the aircraft often scare the animals away. Hot air balloons are quieter and offer a more stable shooting platform.
The bill requires the state to license hot air balloon hunting.
The bill passed the Senate Wednesday night and now goes to Gov. Greg Abbott for his consideration.
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