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      New York bans hunting free-range Eurasian wild boars

      While New York tries to eradicate Eurasian boars from its fields and forests, environmental regulators have banned hunting or trapping them in the wild.

      The Department of Environmental Conservation's new regulations say that should help get rid of nuisance wild pigs, concluding that hunting tends to be ineffective and disperse groups of the animals, called "sounders."

      The agency says trapping whole sounders is best.

      It doesn't immediately ban so-called "canned" hunts on enclosed property.

      Landowners whose property or crops are damaged can get special permits.

      The boars were brought to North America centuries ago and are numerous in the South. They've been reported in many New York counties.

      State law last fall prohibited importing, breeding or letting any go.

      It will ban possession, sale, transport or marketing of live animals in September 2015.