Wild hogs run rampant in parts of Mississippi, and wildlife experts say the state needs to control the destructive beasts. The hogs reproduce often, eat just about anything in their path and can grow to 300 pounds. They’re uprooting crops, leaving holes that can destroy farm equipment and tearing up yards.
John J. Mayer, manager of the environmental science group at the Savannah River National Laboratory in Aiken, S.C., has studied hogs more than 40 years. During a meeting Monday at the Mississippi Capitol, he told lawmakers that the United States has experienced a “pig bomb” since the late 1980s with the rapid expansion of wild hog populations. He said 47 states have documented the presence of wild hogs, with an estimated 5.5 million to 8 million of the animals in the U.S.
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