LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Hunters have taken more feral swine in Michigan this year than in 2010.
The Kalamazoo Gazette reports Friday that so far 42 of the hogs have been killed in 2011. Thirty-seven were killed last year.
Michigan laws now encourage hunters to shoot the hogs which root in the soil for food. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources estimates that 3,000 to 5,000 of the pigs are destroying farmland and natural areas.
The DNR has declared swine breeds such as Russian, Eurasian and razorback to be invasive species. They are bred and used for hunting purposes, but can destroy birds, wildlife and habitat.
A final count of wild hogs killed this year is expected to be released after Jan. 1.
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