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The first-ever federally authorized feral swine management and control project includes the participation of local, state and federal agencies.
Clay says control efforts will include a variety of traps, some of them large enough to trap dozens of swine or an entire sounder, but the deployment of aircraft, primarily helicopters, will also help to reduce populations, especially in sensitive areas. He says, however, that many states, including Texas, California and some southern states will want to maintain enough feral swine to meet hunting demands, and population reduction efforts would be limited to specific areas within these states.
"For instance, in California, around San Diego they would like to achieve complete eradication because of the very real threat feral swine pose to ground nesting endangered species found in the county. Similar to that, in Texas and Gulf Coast states we need to protect nesting sea turtles and this is work we can expedite."
While wild hog populations have been around for some time, the growing proliferation of wild swine and the problems they pose have increased across several sectors at an alarming rate in recent times. In terms of economic impact, the hardest hit each year is the agriculture industry. Not far behind are concerns for protecting natural resources, the environment, and for the threat to wildlife and the spread of animal diseases.