AB 2805 COULD DESTROY WILD PIG POPULATIONS!

AB 2805, introduced by Assemblyman Frank Bigelow (R- O’Neals), would allow property owners to destroy wild pig populations throughout the state!

IT MUST BE STRONGLY OPPOSED BY HUNTERS!

THE FOLLOWING ARE THE MAJOR POINTS OF OPPOSITION:

  • The wild pig would lose its game mammal status and be reclassified as non-game, exotic or another designation that would allow them to be killed in large numbers by virtually any means.
  • Wild pigs could be trapped and killed in the traps, and possibly even poisoned. The relocation of trapped pigs where they could be hunted would be prohibited.
  • The requirements for property owners to obtain a permit to kill depredating wild pigs and to report on the number killed would be eliminated, thus doing away with any Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) oversight and recordkeeping needed for proper management of wild pig populations.
  • Would allow landowners to kill pigs on sight under a contention that they are “threatening” their property.
  • Would allow landowners to let the edible portions of carcasses of wild pigs to go to waste in the field.
  • Could allow methods of killing wild pigs that are cruel and which could be detrimental to the well-being of other wildlife species, such as poisoning.
  • Would delete the DFW’s mandate to actively manage wild pig populations as they do other species.
  • Wild pigs would no longer be managed under the principles of scientific wildlife management, but by politics, speculation and emotion, as in the case of the recent ban on bobcat trapping.
  • Wild pig tag/validation money could no longer to be used by DFW to engage in programs that benefit wild pigs, and thus hunters, but could be used instead to develop “management” that could authorize the indiscriminate killing of pigs on a large scale by property owners. Using hunter’s money in this manner is highly inappropriate.
  • Would repeal the requirement that DFW notify landowners of the option to use hunting as a means of reducing the number of wild pigs on their property.

AB 2805 MUST BE STRONGLY OPPOSED!

PLEASE IMMEDIATELY CONTACT YOUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES IN THE STATE LEGISLATURE TO OPPOSE IT!!

To Find Your California Legislators:

 

  • Go to: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/
  • Enter your address, city and zip code. Click on “Locate.”  Your Senator and Assemblymember will appear to the left of the map along with his/her contact information.

 

Contact the bill’s author, Frank Bigelow, and tell him you’re opposed to this bill:

Phone: 916-319-2005                   FAX: 916-319-2105

E-Mail: assemblymember.bigelow@assembly.ca.gov

Here is the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee where this bill will be heard.  If one of these legislators is your assemblymember, please CONTACT HIM/HER IMMEDIATELY to register your opposition to this bill.  Remember, legislators only want to hear from their constituents.

 

ASSEMBLY WATER, PARKS AND WILDLIFE

Member District Party Room Phone Fax
Garcia, Eduardo (Chair) 56 D 4140 916 319 2056 916 319 2156
Gallagher, James (Vice-Chair) 3 R 2158 916 319 2003 916 319 2103
Bigelow, Franklin 5 R 4158 916 319 2005 916 319 2105
Carrillo, Wendy 51 D 2160 916 319 2051 916 319 2151
Choi, Steven 68 R 2016 916 319 2068 916 319 2168
Chu, Kansen 25 D 3126 916 319 2025 916 319 2125
Friedman, Laura 43 D 2137 916 319 2043 916 319 2143
Gloria, Todd 78 D 2176 916 319 2078 916 319 2178
Harper, Matthew 74 R 3147 916 319 2074 916 319 2174
Kalra, Ash 27 D 5160 916 319 2027 916 319 2127
Levine, Marc 10 D 5135 916 319 2010 916 319 2110
Mathis, Devon 26 R 2111 916 319 2026 916 319 2126
Rubio, Blanca 48 D 5175 916 319 2048 916 319 2148
Salas, Rudy 32 D 4016 916 319 2032 916 319 2132
Wood, Jim 2 D 6005 916 319 2002 916 319 2102

Wild pigs can be black, red, spotted, striped, or grizzled.

Wild pigs use their snouts to root up the ground in search of food.