Virginia Acts To Reduce Population of Invasive Wild Pigs

"There’s a population explosion of large, wild animals in the Virginia woods, and it’s not the cute, doe-eyed kind that conjures images of Bambi."

"They have razor-sharp teeth, curling tusks and a nasty temper that prompts some to charge humans. They’re called feral hogs, wild pigs or big boars, but the names are lumped together because, said Mike Dye, a biologist for the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, 'a pig is a pig.'

Feral pigs are farm escapees living in the wild; wild pigs are born in the woods. They’re roaming at least 20 Virginia counties, including Fauquier and Culpeper. An unconfirmed sighting was reported in Prince William County.

The animals were introduced to America centuries ago, but the recent population boom, state game officials and biologists say, is largely the fault of hunters who imported wild pigs to hunt year round."

Darryl Fears reports for the Washington Post November 24, 2013.

Source: Wash Post, 11/26/2013