More than seven-thousand feral hogs are killed after Texas puts up $60,000-dollars in bounty money.
The Texas Department of Agriculture awarded Sutton county the $20,000 first- prize. Five other counties will share the rest.
The money was appropriated by the legislature to fight the state’s hog problem.
With an estimated population of nearly three million, the hogs cause 550 million dollars in damage every year in Texas.
That’s more than any other state.
The hogs kill and eat livestock, newborn fawns and ground-nesting birds. They also destroy lawns, parks and golf courses, as well as pastures, crops and fencing. They also contribute to E. Coli and other diseases in Texas waterways and are a significant road hazard.
The average hog collision causes about $1200 dollars in damage.