DNR urges deer hunters to look for wild pigs

DNR urges deer hunters to look for wild pigs

Wildlife officials are asking deer hunters to be on the lookout for wild pigs.

The animals have been a problem in the state for more than a decade. They’ve been spotted in at least 51 counties since 1997. Their rooting is highly destructive and they can carry diseases that can affect humans and domestic swine.

Hunters with a license can kill wild pigs year round except for the Friday before the start of the nine-day gun deer season in November. Landowners can shoot them on their property without a license.

Department of Natural Resources officials want hunters to file reports of any sightings on the agency’s website. They also want anyone who kills a wild pig to contact the agency so biologists can take tissue samples for disease testing.

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