New laws include bear hunting, hogs

by KEVIN ROBILLARD,  |  published on January 2, 2013

If you wanted to let your hunting dog chase a bear in California, request a social networking password from an employee in Illinois or release a feral hog into the wild in Kentucky, your time is up.

All of these practices became illegal Tuesday, and are part of a slew of new and occasionally wacky state laws coming into effect in 2013. Four hundred laws will take effect with the new year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

The California law makes it illegal to use a dog to hunt a bobcat or a bear in the Golden State. While it’s easy to imagine a grizzly tearing up a household pet, the laws are intended to protect the wild animals, not the domesticated ones. Hunters use the dogs to chase bears up trees, making the normally fierce animal an easy target.

The bill’s sponsor, Democratic State Sen. Ted Lieu, told the AP packs of dogs can occasionally tear apart bobcats after catching them. Of the 32 states that allow bear hunting, 17 have banned the use of dogs, according to the Humane Society of the United States.

The Kentucky law is aimed at stopping the spread of wild hogs, who were seen in 37 of the state’s counties in early 2012, up from only 19 counties in 2009, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.

The animals were ruining crops and spreading disease. While the U.S. Department of Agriculture has been using gun-equipped helicopters to thin the ranks of the animals, legislators determined they needed to take more steps.

But it’s Kentucky’s neighbor to the northwest that has some of the strangest laws arriving on January 1. Illinois lacked a law explicitly criminalizing sex with a corpse, so previous prosecutions had relied on a charge of “criminal damage to property.”

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