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Georgia plantation using cougar urine to deter hogs

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Workers at a historic plantation in south Georgia are using cougar urine to scare off feral hogs that have rooted grass and damaged a nature trail.

The manager of the historic Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation, Bill Giles, said he was initially skeptical after getting advice to use the urine to ward off hogs.

But the hogs appeared to go away after he spread the powdered urine around sites that he wanted to protect.

Giles told the Florida Times-Union that he cannot spread enough to protect the entire 1,200-acre property. He instead focuses on protecting high-visibility areas around the plantation house, barns and other buildings.

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Information from: The (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union, www.jacksonville.com

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