Missouri struggles to control growing feral hog problems


ST. LOUIS — With final puffs of steamy breath coming from its slightly tusked snout, the second boar collapsed at the edge of the trap, right next to the other .. Two fewer targets in Missouri’s fight against invasive feral hogs. Felled by well-placed gunshots, together the two formed a hairy black heap of perhaps 400 pounds or more of animals that, before meeting their demise, were destructive outsiders among the surrounding patches of farmland and thick Ozark forests - Female hogs, or sows, can have three litters per year and start breeding at just 6 months old - some studies show that you need to kill 80 percent of them just to maintain the population .. READ MORE ..