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Wild hogs all over Mississippi

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Source: National Park Service at Vicksburg Source: National Park Service at Vicksburg

Jim Walker with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, describes them as "public enemy number one."

He is talking about wild hogs.

The creatures were first brought to this country by the Spanish explorers in the 1500's as a food source.

They have invaded the Vicksburg Military National Park.

Hogs like these have apparently been driven to higher ground in the Vicksburg Military National Park by the 2011 flood along the Mississippi River.

The still pictures were supplied to us by the National Park Service at Vicksburg.

There is some fresh ground in the park where they have been destroying everything in sight.

They tear up garden's, food plots, and crops.

There are reports of them being shot every day in Mississippi.

Mike Medell, Superintendent of the Vicksburg Military National Park, says they are a real nuisance.

"The best way I can describe it is if you were working your back yard preparing your garden, working with a roto tiller, that's what it looks like," Medell said. "It's amazing that an animal could do that, just with it's paws and it's snout, but it you didn't know what it was, it's like someone came through with a roto tiller. We would like to get rid of all of them; naturally, candidly I think it is an ongoing issue that we will have to deal with from here on in."

People hardly ever see them in the daytime, they are nocturnal creatures, but you can see here the damage they cause.

They are being trapped in the park and shot.

It is legal to shoot a hog anywhere, anytime in Mississippi.

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