- Associated Press - Thursday, April 21, 2016

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Officials say government-contracted hunters and years of drought have shrunk the population of feral pigs in San Diego County.

Scientists say the near-eradication is good news because they once feared the wild hogs could pose a serious threat to fragile ecosystems in back-country areas.

The Union-Tribune cited a report Wednesday (https://bit.ly/1XJfGE9 ) that found only eight feral pigs remain.

The newspaper says professional hunters working with federal, state and local agencies have successfully trapped and euthanized roughly 150 of the animals over the past five years.

The pigs, which grow to 300 pounds, travel in groups and root around in fields, churning up the soil and disturbing other animals’ habitats.

Wild hogs began showing up in San Diego County around 2007, though no one knows for sure how they arrived

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Information from: The San Diego Union-Tribune, https://www.utsandiego.com

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