Arkansas Feral Hog Task Force killed 1,200 people in June

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A state-led effort to reduce the feral pig population in Arkansas yielded great results in June. On Tuesday, the Arkansas Feral Hog Task Force reported removing 1,200 feral hogs in the previous month, adding that 35 more pigs were removed by state residents.

The working group is part of the Arkansas Department of Agriculture.

Feral hogs are an ongoing, if not growing, problem in Arkansas. While searching for food, the animals destroy habitats and eat ground-nesting birds, eggs, fawns and domestic livestock.

Ground foraging by pigs also results in crop loss. Worse still, pigs carry up to 45 bacteria, diseases and parasites, including trichinellosis, brucellosis and the swine flu virus.

Statistically, 66% of the feral pig population must be removed each year to prevent the herd from growing. Through hunting, 8% to 50% of the population is taken each year in Arkansas.

Wild hog hunting season in Arkansas is year-round, although they are not taken in certain Wildlife Management Areas, which are listed with Arkansas Game and Fish.

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