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Rep. Burkley announces House passage of his bill addressing wildlife, motorists
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 3:22 PM

COLUMBUS – State Representative Tony Burkley (R-Payne) today announced that House Bill 199 has passed out of the Ohio House.

The bill allows drivers who have hit and killed a wild turkey, wild boar or feral hog to take and keep the animal.

Much like the procedure of taking possession of deer, once the animal is struck and killed by the motor vehicle, the driver has 24 hours to report the accident to a wildlife officer or other law enforcement. The officer will then investigate and issue a certificate for legal ownership.

House Bill 199 also adds feral hogs to the game list, placing them under the same definition as animals like cottontail rabbits, white-tailed deer, wild boar, black bears and several types of squirrel.

“As a legislator with a heavily rural population, we feel the need to extend this to include these further species. There are constituents throughout Ohio, who once they unfortunately kill a deer on our roads, they can take possession and properly process the animal for consumption,” said Burkley, who jointly sponsored the legislation with Rep. Bob Hackett (R-London).

HB 199 will now be sent to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.