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November 17, 2017

Wild hogs cause problems for NWA farmers


EVANSVILLE, Ark. —Wild hogs are destroying property in Northwest Arkansas, making some land unusable. Helen…


Wild hogs cause problems for NWA farmers


Wild hogs are destroying property in Northwest Arkansas, making some land unusable.

Helen and Eddie Presley have a farm in Evansville, a small community in western Washington County.

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“The pigs come in, they dig in the soil and they will go down about 6 or 8 inches,” Helen told 40/29. “When they do, they will render your hayfield unusable.

Unable to sell their hay, the Presleys have to buy it just to make it through the winter.

Helen and Eddie aren’t the only farmers hurt by these wild hogs. They mess up ponds, tear up fences, dig holes into the ground and eat almost anything.

“They are very adaptive, they don’t really have any predators and they reproduce fairly quickly, so the problem gets out of hand pretty rapidly,” Johnny Gunsaulis, University of Arkansas County Extension Agent said.

Now, the Arkansas Feral Hog Eradication Task Force is trying to solve the problem.

“Shootings seem like a wise choice on the front end, but hogs are very smart and they will quickly learn to adapt and avoid these types of things,” Gunsaulis said.

Poisoning is another option, but that could cause damage to the ecosystem.

The task force is taking comments and recommendations from the public. You can contribute your thoughts by tapping or clicking on this link to the task forces’s website.


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