Huge growth in the population of wild hogs is becoming a real nuisance in South Carolina.
A team at Clemson has launched an effort with the state and USDA to figure out the amount of damage caused by swine.
They also are looking for effective ways to reduce the population through trapping.
"It's a time bomb that's exploding across South Carolina right now," Greg Yarrow, at Clemson University, said.
Yarrow said the hogs like water-filled areas and can reproduce in high numbers several times a year. They go on to destroy crops, trees and erode soil.
"We're talking about millions and billions of dollars," Clemson Ecologist Kate McFadden said.
The swine also present a health threat in the form of psuedorabies and other diseases which can transmit to pets and humans.
"They have very serious human health repercussions, especially in small children," McFadden said.
Some people enjoy hunting the hogs but it's not making a dent in the population. The clemson team is developing a list of hotspots and advanced trapping techniques.
If you see the hogs, you can report them here: Report a Wild Hog Sighting in South Carolina
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