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Upstate Residents Learn How to Rid Their Land of Hogs

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Diane and Al Rentz have been married for 30 years but Al's family has been taking care of the land they live on for more than twice as long. Their eggs are fresh from the chickens in their front yard and their cows roam free on their 60 acres of land but they were put in jeopardy when a wild hog invaded their property and killed 3 cows and injured another two.

"We lost three and two were quarantined through DHEC, we made sure they were checked to see if they had any illnesses.

Now these vicious hogs want to call their green pastures home and have become an issue with other friends and neighbors in the area the Rentz tell 7 On Your Side.

"The only thing we can figure is he was being territorial and he probably weighed 400 pounds or so," said Al Rentz. 
Anderson County Councilwoman Cindy Wilson said she's received hundreds of complaints between her and her constituents. She said hogs were digging up their land both farm lands and backyards, they killed livestock and many parents were even afraid their children were at risk.

"They needed help and by becoming aware of the problem and becoming knowledgeable and everyone working together it'll go toward solving the problem," said Wilson.

Wilson called in the Department of Natural Resources Clemson Extension office, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the SC Wild Hog task Force to help. Noel Myers is the Director of Wildlife Services as part of the USDA. He and his partners spoke to residents at the Williamston town hall about how to legally and safely get rid of the hogs.

Myers said the hogs first lived near tributaries but they've mated with RUssian Boars and the population has skyrocketed. The team estimates there are about 150 thousand in the state right now.

The USDA said lethal methods of getting rid of the hogs work better than non-lethal. Myers said trapping or shooting the pigs gets rid of them but you must be familiar with the rules and regulations in SC. The pigs can be shot if they're on a landowners own property and a nuisance but at night, the Department of Natural Resources must be informed. Find out about specific regulations at the DNR website.

At the event the task force also showed landowners about the different types of traps you could use to trap the hogs. One trap called the "guillotine" was particularly effective Myers mentioned.

"there are a lot of regulations that allow shooting just check with DNR to make sure its legal and you can do it in their area," said Myers. 
AL and Diane are excited to be able to go home with a strategy and would encourage others to kill the hogs if they can.

"We'd like to make sure they stay away to save our business and so our animals can contribute to the community," said Rentz.

Read more here at the USDA website.

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