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DNR officials want control over feral pigs

DNR officials want more control over feral pigs being kept on private property.

The state has been trying to control a growing population of the animals which have started showing up in several counties.

The animals are a concern because they multiply quickly, damage crops, and can spread diseases to other livestock.

Efforts so far have included declaring them harmful wild animals, which allows hunters and land owners to shoot them at any time.

Now, DNR conservation warden Tom Van Haren says the agency is developing rules to license individuals who try to keep feral pigs on private property.

He says that would allow the DNR to get a better idea of who is trying to keep the animals.

It would also clear the way for strict requirements to make sure the animals do not escape.

The DNR is holding statewide hearings on the proposed licensing rules through the end of this month.