By Rick Pluta
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has filed its first legal action under an order that outlaws some species of exotic swine. This is the first legal action taken by the Michigan D-N-R since the state started enforcing the order on April first.
The D-N-R has filed a legal action in Cheboygan County against the Renegade Ranch Hunting Preserve for refusing entry to state inspectors and harboring prohibited species. In a statement, D-N-R Director Rodney Stokes said the order declaring dozens of exotic swine strains as invasive species was necessary to protect Michigan's woods, fields, and farms from damage by feral hogs. In most cases, he said ranch operators have submitted to inspections.
The owner of the Renegade Hunting Ranch said all his swine are legal, but that, on the advice of his attorney, he told a D-N-R inspector the D-N-R needed a search warrant. Ronald McKendrick said he has filed a trespassing complaint against the D-N-R officer.
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