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TX – WILDLIFE – ‘Feral swine bomb’ causing US wild hog populations to explode

It’s hog wild! The US population of wild pigs is soaring due to what experts are calling “a feral swine bomb,” according to a report. There are about 9 million feral hogs in the nation currently, and the beasts, which cause an estimated $2.5 billion worth of damage each year, are multiplying quickly, The Atlantic recently reported. “I’ve heard it referred to as a feral swine bomb,” Dale Nolte, manager of the National Feral Swine Damage Management Program at the US Department of Agriculture told the magazine.

“They multiply so rapidly. To go from a thousand to two thousand, it’s not a big deal. But if you’ve got a million, it doesn’t take long to get to 4 [million], then 8 million.”

Over the last three decades, the wild hog population expanded from about 17 states to at least 39 — and they’re set to occupy 386,000 square miles across the country by the end of 2020, according to Ryan Brook, a University of Saskatchewan biologist who researches the animals. “Pig populations are completely out of control,” Brook said.

The havoc-wreaking oinkers came into the national spotlight last year thanks to a viral tweet about gun control that raised the question of how someone could kill “30-50 feral hogs” without an assault weapon.  [full article]

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