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An 'aporkalypse' has Texas fighting losing battle against feral pig menace


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The twin problems are the population keeps growing and they like to poop in the water.

Tyson said that as things stand, the number of feral hogs in Texas is predicted to grow by 16% annually, roughly doubling in five years. They already cause an estimated $52m in damage to the state's agriculture industry each year. And they are becoming partial to the comforts of suburban life.

"They're roaming across the landscape searching for the best food sources available," said Tyson. "Irrigated, fertilised lawns offer higher-quality food resources than the natural environment. They can cover less area and get the same food benefits in an urban setting."

Hogs were introduced to Texas in the 1500s by Spanish explorers and cross-bred with imported European boars in the last century, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife department. Adults are omnivorous, weigh from 100 to more than 400 pounds and have sharp tusks.

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