The battle to control America’s ‘most destructive’ species: feral pigs

These “ecological zombies” will eat almost anything and can live almost anywhere.

In a 1913 photo, two feral hogs on St. Vincent Island, Florida, trigger a camera by pulling on a baited string. Today, as many as nine million roam the U.S., displacing native wildlife and causing billions of dollars in agricultural damage each year.
Photograph by GEORGE SHIRAS, Nat Geo Image Collection

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