Put this in your One More Thing to Worry About file: Apparently, there are hordes of vicious wild hogs roaming the Michigan woodlands, and these pigs are in serious danger of becoming an environmental disaster for our state.
Who knew? Ive been tramping around the forests of Michigan for 50 years now and count myself lucky to see an occasional woodchuck or a porcupine. But a band of up to 20 wild hogs? That would be like spotting an elephant.
This news comes from the Michigan Wildlife Conservancy (MWC), based in Bath, Michigan, which is calling for a bounty to exterminate wild hogs.
Dont want to boar you, but heres the skinny on a big pig of a problem, according to the Conservancy:
Apparently, these hogs are the descendants of Russian wild boars which have escaped from commercial game ranches over the past decade. Theyve been spotted in 63 of Michigans 83 counties and are reproducing rapidly.
The impudent hogs cause crop and forest damage and carry a pseudorabies virus which is a huge threat to Michigan‘s domestic swine industry, which is already reeling from high grain prices and low market pork prices.
Who knew there was so much drama in the pig industry?