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Mississippi lawmakers study wild hog problem

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Wild hogs run rampant in parts of Mississippi, and wildlife experts say the state needs to control the destructive beasts.

The hogs reproduce often, eat just about anything in their path and can grow to 300 pounds. They're uprooting crops, destroying farm equipment and tearing up yards.

John J. Mayer, a South Carolina scientist who has studied hogs more than 40 years, spoke to Mississippi lawmakers Monday. He says 47 states have documented the presence of wild hogs, with an estimated 5.5 million to 8 million of the animals in the U.S.

Wild hogs are found in almost half of Mississippi, and their population is estimated at 20,000 to 150,000.

The problem is more severe in Texas, where a 2011 "porkchopper" law allows people in helicopters to hunt the hogs.

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