Farmers seek help to battle wild hog problem

New Mexico

Local farmers will have to wait a little longer for a solution to the wild hog problem.

The species was brought over as a food source in the 1500s but over the years, the population has grown out of control. 

Officials say they cause $1.5 billion in damage each year.

Recently, a new toxicant called hog-gone was invented in Texas, but birds in the test area started drying after eating it. 

The USDA says the issue lies in the product’s binding agent, corn.

The hogs currently plague 10 counties in the eastern part of the state, leaving local farmers eager for approved for an approved version of hog-gone. 

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