A wild pig population that’s growing at a rapid pace is terrifying experts. Called a “feral swine bomb,” these pigs have a population of at least six million and are growing quickly. These super pigs can bear piglets at only three months old! Most of these wild pigs are a mixture of domestic breeds and European wild boar, so they get massive benefits from all that genetic mixture, as Yahoo News details:
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The wild pig population has “expanded from 17 states to at least 39 over the last three decades” and causes an estimated $2.5 billion in damage a year, The Atlantic said.
“I’ve heard it referred to as a feral swine bomb,” said Dale Nolte, manager of the National Feral Swine Damage Management Program at the USDA to The Atlantic. “They multiply so rapidly. To go from a thousand to two thousand, it’s not a big deal. But if you’ve got a million, it doesn’t take long to get to 4 [million], then 8 million.”
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