Feral Hog Problems

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Kansas Livestock Commissioner Bill Brown says the budget cuts could take all the money his agency has to combat the wild hogs.

Kansas donates $170,000 every year to a federal program that uses hunters in helicopters to kill the hogs, which biologists estimate have done $3 million in damage to Kansas agriculture since 2006.

Tom Halstead, USDA wildlife services state director, says the federal program has helped reduce the feral hog population in Kansas from about 2,000 a few years ago to about 500.

Ag officials tell the The Wichita Eagle that losing even one year of funding would allow the hogs to begin repopulating the state.

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