Bear Mountain Lodge's swine ruled as invasive species

Published: Jul. 20, 2016 at 3:43 PM EDT
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A decision was made in a legal battle over exotic swine Wednesday.

Marquette County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Solka ruled in favor of the Department of Natural Resource and the ban on exotic swine in Michigan in the Greg Johnson case.

Johnson, a geological engineer with a passion for wild boar hunting and owner of Bear Mountain Lodge in Negaunee Township, has 10 pigs on his property that are considered in violation of the ban, according to Johnson's attorney Joseph O'Learly.

“We are disappointed and confused at Judge Solka’s ruling since the bloodline of the pigs are from known domestic breeds of swine,” said O’Leary.

Johnson has been given until October of 2016 to destroy the ten pigs and any others on his property that would be considered exotic invasive swine.

“We are pleased with the ruling that is consistent with the Court of Appeals June 2015 decision,” said DNR Public Information Officer Ed Golder. “Russian Boar are destructive to surrounding wildlife. They root up farms and tend to carry diseases.”

O’Leary had no comment on seeking an appeal at this time as they weigh their options.

A similar case, Turunen vs. DNR, is scheduled for trial in October in Baraga County.