Trial program to remove feral hogs from SC national forest

The problem with feral hogs in the Francis Marion National Forest has become so bad that the state and federal governments are paying three hunters to help remove them.

Feral hogs are found statewide and are considered one of the worst animal nuisance problems in South Carolina. The hogs are descendants of livestock that wandered off.

The Francis Marion trial program has sparked complaints from other hunters who want a chance to hunt hogs as well. But DNR’s position is that the object is to remove the animals, not just hunt them as recreation which doesn’t do enough to reduce the hog population.

State law has removed most prohibitions on shooting or trapping the animals statewide. But the pigs are prolific and a single female can produce as many as 30 piglets per year.

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