Boorish Boars Overrun Texas

Feral swine win out in war against humans
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 19, 2007 2:45 PM CST

(Newser) – Everything's bigger in Texas, and the pig population is no exception. They aren't cute porkers, either—wild boars wreck crops and cause some $52 million in annual damages in the state. For some, that means an opportunity for heavy-duty huntin', but the solo efforts aren't enough to slow a wave of some 2 million hogs.

Boar-baiting is serious business: Hogs are wily, and missing the mark can result in the boar's hunting you. The feds have begun shooting at hogs from helicopters, but the boars just keep multiplying in both town and country, the LA Times reports. "Ain't nothing easy about outsmarting a pig," said one meat-buyer. (Read more agriculture stories.)

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