At its May 16, 2012 meeting, the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks adopted new regulations concerning nuisance wildlife in Mississippi. Due to their often destructive behavior on private lands, beaver, coyote, fox, nutria, skunk, and wild hogs are classified as “nuisance animals” in Mississippi. These current regulations, as set forth in Public Notice LE-06 3779, allow private landowners to manage nuisance animals throughout the year with special exceptions and restrictions. These new regulations are important to help control Mississippi’s wild hog population. Wild hogs, a non-native species in Mississippi, cause extensive damage to crops, timber, pastures, and native wildlife habitats and compete with native wildlife for food resources.
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