Lawmaker: Wild hog problem is reaching epidemic proportions

As many as 150,000 wild hogs are roaming the state, destroying farm land, cemeteries, golf courses and pretty much any other property they come across.

On Monday, legislative leaders held a summit on wild hogs, and experts urged them to set goals to reduce the population of the invasive species.

But the experts doubt the wild hogs can ever be eradicated.

“We’re not going solve the wild hog problem today,” said Bruce Leopoldo of Starkville, an expert on wild hogs. “We wanted to help you with knowledge.”

Wild hogs can grow to weigh 300 pounds. They are voracious eaters and prolific breeders. Experts estimate the population in Mississippi is from 20,000 to 150,000.

A bill passed by the Legislature this year adds wild hogs to the state beaver-control program, and a Beaver and Wild Hog Control Advisory Board was created.

Clarion Ledger