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Wild hogs a problem for NC farmers

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LUCAMA, N.C. -- Some North Carolina farmers are trying to deal with some unwanted guests.

The wild hog population is growing across the state leaving officials and farmers concerned about crop damage and human safety.

Last year 88 counties out of 100 in North Carolina reported wild hog problems.

So experts came up with the “Swine Transport Law” which focuses on the illegal importing and transportation of pigs by people who want to hunt them.

For now, farmers are just trying to keep them away from destroying their crops.

"We've kind of scared them out of the fields hunting and we've got it down to where we'll only see two or three hogs and maybe they're not going to be a problem the rest of the year until harvest time,” said Wilson County farmer Scott Sullivan.

Feral hogs also carry diseases and can be aggressive to other animals and humans.

For more information on wild hogs, visit the N.C. Department of Agriculture website here. You can also contact your local N.C. Cooperative Extension office. To contact your county extension office, click here.

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