More than 500 wild hogs removed from Smokies

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) - Wildlife managers at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park have removed more than 500 wild hogs this year.

That's the most removed since 1987.

Since the late 1950s, the animals have been a target for control because they're nonnative and do considerable damage to the ecosystem.

In a typical year, park hog hunters trap and shoot about 275 hogs from the park, most of them from the North Carolina side.

Biologists attribute the recent increase to several years of bountiful mast crops, especially acorns.

Information from: The Knoxville News Sentinel,

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