Lawmakers discuss "wild hog" resolution

Some farmers say they are dealing with a new kind of nuisance that’s destroying their fields.

“We’re talking about thousands of wild hogs,” said Rep. Tom McKee,D-Cynthiana.

Representative Mckee wants lawmakers to support a study to see just how bad the problem is in Kentucky, and offer ways to fix it.

“If it was only one or two it wouldn’t be an issue, but when you have 25 or 30 in the same corn field, it becomes a huge issue,” he said.

McKee wants a study done by next October and hopes possible action will be taken eradicate the population. He says farmers have a lot to lose.

“If there happens to be a growing crop of soybeans, they are going to eat the soybeans, they also will knock down corn,” McKee said.

He says it’s a nuisance for farmers, but also a danger to people.

“If you were caught in the woods and a mother wild hog was there with her young, they would attack you,” McKee said.

McKee says the animals also carry diseases and could affect domestic hog herds. They are a kind of pig, called a feral pig, but you wouldn’t want to eat them.

“Not good bacon. I would not recommend them,” he said.
The resolution calls for the Department of Agriculture to help control and manage the population.

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