Hunt wipes out half of NJ's feral pigs

March 1, 2009 11:32:23 AM PST
New Jersey wildlife officials say more than half the population of wild boars in Gloucester County have been killed in the state's first feral pig hunt. Officials say 56 pigs were killed in December and January. State wildlife officials consider the pigs a nuisance and an invasive species.

The feral pig population has been growing in New Jersey. They're believed to have descended from domesticated pigs released into the wild years ago.

More than 100 of the creatures had been ripping up golf courses, wrecking farms and fields, and killing native plants in rural Gloucester County.

Wildlife officials first tried trapping and killing the hogs with little success.

The hunt is part of a long-term plan to eliminate feral pigs from the state.

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Information from: The Star-Ledger, http://www.nj.com/starledger

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