SAN DIEGO (AP) - Federal officials are preparing to mobilize against San Diego's population of wild pigs, which they see as a threat to public health and the area's fragile ecosystem.
The San Diego Union-Tribune reported on its website Wednesday that the animals are believed to be the offspring of a small herd of pigs released in 2006 on an eastern San Diego County Indian reservation in hopes of attracting business from hunters.
The U.S. Forest Service estimates there are now 200 to 300 of the feral pigs in the county.
Letting hunters go after the pigs has failed to control their growing numbers, so now the forest service and other federal agencies plan to get involved.
Their effort will involve traps, federal hunters with guns and dogs and even shooting from helicopters.
Information from: The San Diego Union-Tribune
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