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Special Early Spring Hunts Set in Pee Dee, SC

From South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

-- In an effort to provide additional hunting opportunity and manage destructive feral hog populations on select state properties, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources has scheduled several hog hunts on Pee Dee lands that have significant swine populations.

Sam Stokes Jr., S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) regional wildlife coordinator based in Florence, explained that hog populations continue to cause problems on many DNR properties by destroying wildlife habitat and competing directly with native wildlife species for food. "Many people do not realize that wild hogs are not supposed to be in North America," Stokes said.

"These animals are native to Europe and were introduced onto the American landscape by early European settlers. Because they are invasive exotics, they negatively affect our native plants and wildlife. Their feeding behavior-rooting-is tremendously destructive to native plant communities, and they are capable of completely removing localized native wildlife food sources such as acorns. We also believe that hogs may directly impact native wildlife populations by consuming eggs laid by ground-nesting birds such as turkeys. Feral hogs may even negatively impact reptiles and amphibian populations by preying on lizards, salamanders and snakes."

For more information on the special early spring hog hunts, call the DNR regional office in Florence at (843) 661-4768 or send an e-mail to StokesS@dnr.sc.gov.

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