Missouri Governor Matt Blunt has directed state departments to implement recommendations made by a task force to control the state’s feral pigs. The animals are reported in over 20 of Missouri's 114 counties and the population is estimated at 5,000 to 10,000.

Blunt issued an executive order to form the multi-agency Task Force on Feral Hogs. The 10-member task force represents public, state, local, private, conservation and farming interests. The group made recommendations for an aggressive plan to deter further development of feral hog populations in Missouri.

Key components of the group's final report include extensive education efforts, legislative changes to stiffen penalties and expand enforcement, implementing disease protocol and eradication of feral hog populations in Missouri.

Source: American Association of Swine Veterinarians