Virginia Wildlife Experts Warn of Encroaching Wild Pigs

Virginia Department of Game and Inland FisheriesVirginia is on the front lines of the northward spread of wild hogs in the eastern United States. According to the department of Game and Inland Fisheries, the swine are detrimental to natural habitats, endangered native plants and animal species. Also known as feral pigs, the animals are a threat particularly to the eggs of ground-nesting birds such as turkeys, quail and grouse.  Biologist say there’s not only a risk to Virginia’s native wildlife resources, but also to the health of our commercial pork industry. They can harbor many diseases and parasites and once established they are nearly impossible to eradicate. Wildlife officials are collecting public comments. To report nuisance and problem wildlife visit huntfishva.com

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