Big Island farmers to participate in feral pig project

Big Island farmers to participate in feral pig project

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Five Big Island farmers have signed up to join federal efforts in a conversation pilot program aimed at addressing feral pig management.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports that the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced in April that Hawaii and the U.S. territory of Guam would join Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi in the pilot program.

USDA official, Shirley Nakamura, says 12 people, including five from Hawaii County and seven from Guam, have signed up for the program.

Participants who are selected will monitor feral swine damage over at least a three-year period. They will have to restore damage to natural resources and experiment with ways to control the animals.

A 2007 study by the USDA and the County of Hawaii found that feral swine was widespread on the Big Island.

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