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Wild Boar (Sus scrofa) in Old Pearl River near Slidell, Louisiana on May 16, 2014.

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By Marcus Lashley

They go by many names — pigs, hogs, swine, razorbacks — but whatever you call them, feral pigs (Sus scrofa) are one of the most damaging invasive species in North America. They cause millions of dollars in crop damage yearly and harbor dozens of pathogens that threaten humans and pets, as well as meat production systems.

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