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October 1, 2003

Calhoun County- Wild hogs are a big problem for South Georgia landowners. State wildlife officials want to make sure they know how to legally control the hogs.

Feral Hogs are spreading in Southwest Georgia, damaging crops and farm land. The hogs root for peanuts, acorns, and nut grass, trampling huge holes into level ground. The hogs also spread disease to native wild animals.

The problem is getting bigger, because the hogs reproduce quickly. "Every opportunity they have. Let somebody come in and shoot them, or trap them, or whatever. Just get rid of them anyway they can, that's, you know, legal," said Wildlife Technician Gerald Henry.

Hogs are not a protected species and can be shot, trapped, or hunted with dogs. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has more information about about controlling wild hogs.

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