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Published in Human-Wildlife Conflicts Volume 1, Number 2, Pages 137-138, Fall 2007. and copyright by the Jack H. Berryman Institute. http://www.berrymaninstitute.org/journal/index.html


Wildlife damage management professionals deal with very few animals that pose as many conflicts or threats as those caused by feral hogs. Whether it’s crop damage, livestock predation, environmental degradation, or disease transmission, feral hogs play a substantial role. Earlier this year, headlines in major newspapers and other media outlets highlighted the latest incidence of an E. coli outbreak in California; more than 200 people across the United States became sick, and 3 people died as a result of eating fresh spinach contaminated with this bacteria. The source of the outbreak was traced back to feral hogs in California.