In an effort to help control feral hog numbers and damage, the MDC wants to ban feral hog hunting on lands managed by the conservation department.
Feral hogs are delicious to eat, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warn to take precautions when cleaning and butchering the animals to prevent infection from a naturally-occurring and debilitating disease.
Officials say at a cost of about $25,000, 64 feral hogs have been killed since the West Bank levee authority hired sharpshooters last fall to contain the animals and limit the damage they are causing to flood protection berms.
These are not your stuttering, porcine cartoon characters. Descendants of domestic hogs that have escaped or wandered off, they are four-legged rooting, breeding, and eating machines. Their spread has become an ecological train wreck across the country.