CHARLOTTE, N.C., Jan. 13 (UPI) — Destructive wild boar populations are increasing in North Carolina and have been documented in nearly half of the state’s counties, officials said.
The hogs, which can grow to 180 pounds, disrupt the ground with their tusks, damaging land in search of roots, insects and fallen fruit and nuts.
The boars were spotted in November in Mecklenburg County on the outskirts of Charlotte, where plans are under way to trap the animals and shoot them, said Chris Matthews, a county natural resources manager.
“We’re not talking about nice, sweet, pink piggies. These guys just don’t belong here,” Matthews told The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer in a story published Wednesday.
Wild boar populations in recent months have been documented in about half of the state’s 100 counties. The pigs may have been illegally trapped in some areas to be released in others for hunting, state biologist Jon Shaw said.
Females sexually mature when they’re less than a year old and can produce two litters a year with as many as 12 piglets in each litter.
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