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The 30-50 feral hogs meme went viral, but wild pigs are a serious threat.

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 Roving bands of wild pigs are Feral hogs are invasive species that were brought to North America from Europe by Spanish conquistadors, and ever since, they have multiplied across the country. Millions of marauding wild pigs wreaking havoc through at least 39 states eviscerating crops, gobbling up endangered sea turtles and trampling archaeological sites in a rampage showing no signs of letting up. There are now 6 million of them and they are “rapidly expanding,” according to the Agriculture Department. They move in large groups called sounders. One instance in Ohio met McNabb’s threshold — 30 caught in a single trap. Hogs use their snouts to dig through soil, leaving fields scarred and crops flattened. But they also kill livestock and reptiles.The cost: $1.5 billion a year in damage and control spending, the USDA said in 2014.

 
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"Wildlife Services", a division of the Dept. of Agriculture, indiscriminately kills billions of animals each year [the number is so obscenely high that no accurate records are kept by them; with multiple millions a low ball figure], acting as a private hit squad for elitist ranchers and farmers who merely crook their fingers and have any and all types of creatures annihilated, due to stupidity and a poisonous bias against nonhumans. Not one word of what DofA people disseminate to the public can be trusted as the truth, but instead reflects their real agenda. They continue to drive multiple species to extinction as well as poisoning the environment. It is an obscenity fostered by hunters who run the Dept., with not a single environmentalist among them. Yes, feral pigs exist and may be problematic, but they are nothing in comparison to the massive devastation humans within Wildlife Services cause as they continue their mass executions, driving countless animals and plants to permanent oblivion as well as poisoning the soil.


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