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America's Ravenous $1.5B Problem: 5M Wild Pigs

After 30-year surge, they're now in 39 states

(Newser) - In the past three decades, wild pigs have been spreading across America like crazy—to the tune of 5 million of the porkers in 39 states. The pigs have been part of the landscape since the 1600s, when early settlers allowed them to roam; some escaped, though their numbers have... More »

To Poison Feral Pigs, Feds Turn to ... Bacon Ingredient?

Sodium nitrate is pretty poisonous to destructive, prolific porkers

(Newser) - A preservative used to cure bacon is being tested as poison for the nation's estimated 5 million feral hogs, which cost the US about $1.5 billion a year—including $800 million in damage to farms. Hunting and trapping won't do the trick for these big, wildly prolific... More »

Boars on Rampage in Islamabad

200-pound animals feast on local trash

(Newser) - Just another winter in Islamabad: Wild boars with healthy appetites are wreaking havoc in the city, streaming in to munch on the Pakistani capital's garbage. Visiting some of the city's ritziest locations—including the president's home and classy hotels—they have reportedly caused car accidents, injuries, and... More »

Shooting Wild Pigs From Helicopters Won't Work

Even if Rick Perry thinks so in Texas: Mark Essig

(Newser) - A new law signed by Rick Perry will allow hunters in Texas to rent a seat on a helicopter and hunt wild pigs from the sky. It may work for Perry politically, but the scheme is a short-sighted one that won't solve the growing problem of feral pigs destroying... More »

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