INHS: Majority of Illinois farmers support feral hog control

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CHAMPAIGN - A new study from the Illinois Natural History Survey at the University of Illinois' Prairie Research Institute reveals that a majority of farmers across the state support feral hog control.

Officials say even farmers who have not experienced any damage to their land or crops by feral hogs still have an unfavorable opinion of them.  The study revealed that 84 percent of farmers agreed that the hogs should be eliminated whenever possible.

INHS human dimensions scientist Craig Miller says the hogs, which have been found in 12 Illinois counties, can damage soil, degrade water quality, and even damage or destroy crops.

More than 3,000 farmers in Illinois participated in the study.  For more information about the Illinois Natural History Survey, click here.

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