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New law adds wild hog control to state beaver program

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Farmers and wildlife officials say wild hogs are roaming throughout the state, damaging crops and land.

As a result, Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill that adds wild hogs to the state beaver-control program.

Beginning July 1, a Beaver and Wild Hog Control Advisory Board will be created to come up with a program to control or eradicate beavers and wild hogs. The program will be administered by the Mississippi Department of Agriculture.

Ed Penney, director of the Wildlife Bureau for the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, tells The Clarion-Ledger the most recent evaluations indicate that 38 percent of the state is occupied by wild hogs. That’s about 11.7 million acres of affected habitat.

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