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Nebraska: Tests Show Most Feral Hogs Removed from Harlan County Reservoir Free of Disease

From Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

-- Test results on 69 feral hogs removed from Harlan County Reservoir Feb. 23 show the animals were free of pseudorabies, swine brucellosis and porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS), according to Sam Wilson, furbearer program manager for Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. One hog tested positive for swine influenza.

Commission biologists and conservation officers with the help of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and a helicopter, helicopter pilot and professional gunner from Kansas Wildlife Services, conducted the hog removal operation.

In addition to the threat of disease, feral hogs cause damage to crops and the ecosystem across the country, to the tune of $800 million annually.

Wilson said a feral hog killed near Genoa in January of 2007 tested positive for pseudorabies and is an example of the threat feral hogs pose to the economy in Nebraska.

Nebraskans are encouraged to report feral hog sightings by calling the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission immediately at (402) 471-5174.

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