Hunting feral hogs and coyotes from a hot air balloon in Texas

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How did I miss this news (AP)?

Texas lawmakers have approved the hunting of feral hogs and coyotes from hot air balloons.

Texas' growing hog population [an estimated two million] causes millions of dollars' worth of damage to crops every year….

The state already allows the shooting of feral hogs from helicopters, but that is expensive and has not been very unsuccessful because the aircraft often scare the animals away. Hot air balloons are quieter and offer a more stable shooting platform.

The bill, passed unanimously in both houses, was sent to Gov. Greg Abbott (R) Wednesday; I suspect that the governor will sign it.