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30-50 Feral Hogs? More Like 8-9 Million Running Wild Across the US

30-50 Feral Hogs? More Like 8-9 Million Running Wild Across the US

ADVERTISEMENT“I’ve heard it referred to as a feral swine bomb,” says Dale Nolte, manager of the National Feral Swine Damage Management Program at the United States Department of Agriculture. But if you’ve got a million, it doesn’t take long to get to 4 [million], then 8 million.”Most wild pigs are a mixture of domestic breeds and European wild boar. A feral pig can host at least 30 viral and bacterial diseases, along with nearly 40 parasites. The province is also gaining insights from the new, national steering committee on feral swine in Canada, which had its first meeting in January. “Prevention is critical in those areas where no feral pigs are established,” says Zimmer.

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