USDA says project to eradicate wild hogs is working

The United State Department of Agriculture says wild hogs are to blame for damaging hundreds of thousand of dollars-worth of crops and driving away wildlife in three Kentucky counties.

It was a growing problem in the early 2000s, but not so much anymore.

About six years ago, numerous agencies from federal, state and local levels got together and started the Obion Creek Feral Hog Control Project to eradicate all the wild hogs in Graves, Hickman and Carlisle Counties.

Jeff Berryhill joined the project in 2012 and began tracking down these destructive animals using trail cameras. He says they would come out at night and destroy crops, basically taking money out of farmers’ pockets.

When he first started, Berryhill says there were hundreds of wild hogs in the area, but he hasn’t seen any this year.

"We’re actually having a hard time finding any pigs to go shoot now," says Berryhill. "They’re just not out there, you know. There are still a few left, a scattered one or two here and there, and those are the one’s we are trying to clean up."

On Thursday, the USDA took their tracking efforts to the sky in Hickman County, using a helicopter to search for wild hogs in the area.

A spokesperson for the USDA says they did find one, which is what they predicted would happen.

He says once they’re killed, a number of the wild hogs actually end up on the dinner table.

If you’d like to help eradicate the wild hog problem, there are a few things you need to know.

You can shoot wild hogs during daylight hours as long as you have a hunting license or if it’s on your own property, and there are no regulations on the number you can kill.

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