House passes bill to ban release of wild swine

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The House has passed a bill seeking to make it a crime to knowingly transport or release "wild-appearing swine" in Tennessee without proper documentation.

The chamber voted 91-2 on Wednesday in favor of the bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Ron Lollar of Bartlett.

Loller said the measure seeks to discourage people from illegally bringing wild boar into the state by raising the fine for violations from $250 per trailer to $2,500 per swine.

The measure would only allow state wildlife officials to stop and inspect pig trailers if they have a reasonable suspicion that they contain wild boar.

The Senate previously approved its version of the bill on a 31-0 vote, but would have to agree to House changes before the measure can head to the governor's desk.

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