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Wild boars breed too much in the US

Time:2018-10-10 Views:42
The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates there are between 5-6 million feral pigs ferreting through forests and fields in 40 states and four Canadian provinces. These invasive porkers are the gone-wild descendants of domesticated pigs imported from Europe—peccaries, such as javelina, are the only native American swine—beginning in the late 1500s through the 1800s.
According to annual surveys by Texas A&M University, roughly half those hogs, anywhere from 2.6 million to 3.4 million, are in Texas, where they cause about $400 million in property damage a year and degrade habitat for native species. Although hunters harvest about 750,000 a year in 240 of the state‘s 254 counties by gun, bow, and traps, there’s no sign of a wild swine decline in the Lone Star State.
And that‘s a good thing, according to Clayton, because feral pigs are very tasty, provide year-round opportunity, and generate revenue for ranchers and other property owners who lease land for hunting. In fact, Clayton said fears of a coming "aporkalypse" in Texas are exaggerated and most landowners actually manage wild porkers as "a cash crop."
"The state isn‘t overrun with them and landowners aren‘t seeking volunteers to come down and help them get rid of hogs," Clayton said. A traveling sportsman is better off contacting landowners who offer relatively inexpensive hog hunts on their properties year-round instead of taking a "hit-or-miss" chance on bagging a feral pig on Texas‘ limited public lands.
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