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Counties Post, Increase Bounties for Feral Hogs

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((Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images))

 

 

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Counties are posting and increasing bounties on feral hogs as the non-native, invasive species press their search for food closer to urban areas.

 

The tusked creatures grub through fields, gardens, even lawns, carrying disease and parasites with them.

 

The Austin American-Statesman reports that Hays and Caldwell counties in Central Texas are offering a $5 bounty for each hog bagged by hunters, up $2 from last year. Bastrop County is offering a $5 bounty for the first time.

 

Texas has the nation’s largest feral hog population with nearly 2.6 million pigs this past June. Experts blame the animals for about $500 million in statewide damage, including $52 million a year to agriculture.

 

Professional hog hunter R.A. “Bubba” Ortiz says drought pushed the hogs closer to urban areas for food.

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