Feral pigs proliferating while politicians stymied

04/28/2013 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

The feral pig population in the U.S. has ballooned from less than 2 million pigs in 20 states in 1990 to 6 million pigs in 47 states, with a permanent presence in 38 states, according to scientists with the Savannah River National Laboratory. The pigs, an invasive species likely escaped from hunting ranches, cause some $1.5 billion in agricultural damage annually, damage ecosystems and pose a disease threat. State lawmakers are trying to catch up with the problem by legislating hunting and trapping practices, but they face opposition from game ranch owners, and efforts are often too little, too late to stem the tide of destructive pigs.

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