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Hogs Wild In Pennsylvania.

by 5m Editor
10 April 2007, at 1:47pm

ALLENTOWN, Pa. — State and federal officials are sounding the alarm over Pennsylvania's rapidly growing population of wild hogs, highly aggressive and destructive animals that pose serious threats to farms and wildlife.

A government investigation launched in the fall shows the state might have as many as 3,000 of the tusked beasts — a number far greater than officials first believed. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has evidence of at least 300 hogs killed by hunters this past winter alone.

"What's being taken (by hunters) is just scratching the surface of what's there," said Harris Glass, state director of USDA Wildlife Services.

When USDA and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture launched their $60,000 wild hog study in November, officials thought they were dealing with perhaps several hundred animals. They have since determined at least five counties — Bedford, Bradford, Butler, Cambria and Tioga — have significant breeding populations of hogs.

The state Game Commission has confirmed wild hog sightings in 15 counties since 1993.

Source: TimesArgus

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