Legislation proposes tinkering with a ban enacted last year that put an end to turning swine loose for the purpose of hunting them. Rep. John Mathis, R-Vernal, had hoped to exempt private land from the ban, but on Monday the House Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment killed his HB365 in an 8-6 vote after state officials described the consequences should escaped pigs establish feral populations.
The measure aimed to enable the return of successful hunting outfits shut down by the ban, Mathis told the committee.
"This bill is going to help you bring home the bacon again?" joked committee chairman Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab.