Feral Hogs Spreading Nationally
With a reproduction velocity that might make even bacteria blush, feral pigs are spreading across the U.S. particularly the South. While hunting feral hogs has become quite popular it doesn't appear to be slowing the pig population down enough to stop the spread. Fox News is running a story on the pigs and the problems they cause.
“It's estimated there are at least 4 million of them nationwide, but it's impossible to count them all so there may be much more” said Carol Bannerman, a spokesman for the USDA Wildlife Services. Officials say they cause more than $8 million worth of damage every year. “That amount doesn’t include impact to the natural environment and native species, or to water” Bannerman said. One disease humans can get, she said, by coming in contact with the beasts bodily fluids is called "swine brucellosis," and is extremely painful.