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

MemberDistrictPartyRoomPhoneFax
Garcia, Eduardo (Chair)56D4140916 319 2056916 319 2156
Gallagher, James (Vice-Chair)3R2158916 319 2003916 319 2103
Bigelow, Franklin5R4158916 319 2005916 319 2105
Carrillo, Wendy51D2160916 319 2051916 319 2151
Choi, Steven68R2016916 319 2068916 319 2168
Chu, Kansen25D3126916 319 2025916 319 2125
Friedman, Laura43D2137916 319 2043916 319 2143
Gloria, Todd78D2176916 319 2078916 319 2178
Harper, Matthew74R3147916 319 2074916 319 2174
Kalra, Ash27D5160916 319 2027916 319 2127
Levine, Marc10D5135916 319 2010916 319 2110
Mathis, Devon26R2111916 319 2026916 319 2126
Rubio, Blanca48D5175916 319 2048916 319 2148
Salas, Rudy32D4016916 319 2032916 319 2132
Wood, Jim2D6005916 319 2002916 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.