Chapter 7. Wild Pigs of California Fish And Game Code >> Division 4. >> Part 3. >> Chapter 7.
Wild pigs, as used in this chapter, means free-roaming pigs
not distinguished by branding, ear marking, or other permanent
(a) The department shall prepare a plan for the management of
wild pigs. Under the plan, the status and trend of wild pig
populations shall be determined and management units shall be
designated within the state. The plan may establish pig management
zones to address regional needs and opportunities. In preparing the
plan, the department shall consider available, existing information
and literature relative to wild pigs.
(b) The plan may include all of the following:
(1) The distribution and abundance of wild pigs, as described in
(2) A survey of range conditions.
(3) Recommendations for investigations and utilization of wild
(4) Encouraging mitigation of depredation by sport hunting
pursuant to this chapter.
(5) Live trapping and relocation of wild pigs to areas suitable
and accessible to mitigation of depredation, with the consent of the
landowner and after prior consultation with adjacent landowners who,
in the department's opinion may be impacted, pursuant to this
It is unlawful to take any wild pig, except as provided in
Section 4181, without first procuring a tag authorizing the taking of
that wild pig in accordance with this chapter.
The department may determine the design and type of
information to be included on the wild pig tag and prescribe the
procedures for the issuance and use of the tag.
(a) Any resident of this state, 12 years of age or older, who
possesses a valid hunting license, may procure the number of wild
pig tags corresponding to the number of wild pigs that may legally be
taken by one person during the license year upon payment of a base
fee of fifteen dollars ($15), for each wild pig tag.
(b) Any nonresident, 12 years of age or older, who possesses a
valid California nonresident hunting license, may procure the number
of wild pig tags corresponding to the number of wild pigs that may
legally be taken by one person during the license year upon payment
of a base fee of fifty dollars ($50), for each wild pig tag.
(c) The base fees specified in this section are applicable to the
2004 license year, and shall be adjusted annually thereafter pursuant
to Section 713.
Wild pig tags are valid only during that portion of the
current hunting license year in which wild pigs may be taken or
possessed in any area of the state.
Revenues received pursuant to this chapter shall be deposited
in the Big Game Management Account established in Section 3953.
These funds shall be available for expenditure by the department as
set forth in Section 3953. The department shall maintain all internal
accounting measures necessary to ensure that all restrictions on
these funds are met.
The holder of a wild pig tag shall keep the tag in his or her
possession while hunting wild pig. Before the taking of any wild
pig, the holder of a wild pig tag, except for wild pig tags issued
through the Automated License Data System, shall legibly write or
otherwise affix his or her hunting license number to the wild pig
tag. Upon the killing of any wild pig, the date of the kill shall be
clearly marked by the holder of the tag on both parts of the tag.
Before transporting the pig, a tag shall be attached to the carcass
by the holder of the tag. The holder of the wild pig tag shall
immediately, upon harvesting a pig, notify the department in a manner
specified by the commission.