feral hogs

  FULTON, Mo. (AP) — Authorities have destroyed about 100 domestic hogs from a central Missouri herd that is suspected of contracting a frequently fatal disease from feral hogs.

The Missouri Department of Agriculture says officials focused on the Callaway County herd after feral hogs in the area tested positive for pseudorabies. The disease can spread to other animals, livestock and pets. There are no cases of pseudorabies reported to be found in humans.

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The Missouri Department of Conservation say hunters would help reduce the population of dangerous feral hogs in the state if they would stop shooting them.

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On this week's episode, we'll hear about efforts to control feral hog populations.

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Feral hogs are a big, expensive problem. The prolific procreators are responsible for $1.5 billion in damages and prevention each year —$800 million in damages to agriculture alone from destroying land and rooting up crops,according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The Missouri Department of Conservation has been working to rid its lands around the state of feral hogs.