More MS counties have wild hog problems - - Jackson, MS

More MS counties have wild hog problems

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The wild hog problem in Mississippi is rapidly growing and wildlife officials are making it easier on people who want to hunt the nuisance creatures.

Four and five years ago, they were only causing problems in about five or six counties. Wildlife officials says they are now in more than half the counties of the state, tearing up crops and destroying other kinds of vegetation.  

Chad Dacus is the Director of the Wildlife Bureau, of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks and is a wild hog expert. He says the department is trying to make it easier for people to kill them.

"Basically liberalizing it, making it where a landowner, leaseholder, can kill hogs or other nuisance animals any day of the year, day or night, without any type of caliber or weapon restrictions," said Dacus.

The experts say wild hogs can be dangerous to humans, when cornered. They have tusks that are sharp and can do a lot of damage.

Tony Hammons, who lives in Copiah County, likes to hunt the hogs, take pictures of them and eat them. He has respect for how dangerous they can be too.

"Just like being hit with a razor," said Hammons.

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