Congaree Park looks into new controls of wild hogs
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The National Park Service is asking for public comment on a plan to curb the growing population of non-native wild hogs in Congaree National Park south of Columbia.
The hogs destroy vegetation and disturb creek beds. Officials say current control measures are not working. The plan rules out public hunts because of the disruption to the federal wilderness area. Trapping and moving the animals to another area was also ruled out because of fears of spreading disease.
Alternatives proposed include taking no action and continuing with current management attempts. Another would increase current hog management attempts and allow wildlife managers to use some vehicles and dogs to target the hogs.
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