Wisconsin state wildlife and agriculture officials have given hunters the green light to pursue wild pigs this fall. There's no limit assigned.

"Shoot them on sight," said Brad Koele, a state Department of Natural Resources wildlife damage specialist, in a statement to hunters.

Wisconsin has been dealt with the wild hogs for seven or more years. DNR officials had advised deer hunters to kill them every fall, but this year the agency and the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection have stepped up the campaign out of fear that a pseudorabies outbreak earlier this year may have been tied to wild swine.

"We're taking advantage of the fact all the hunters are out in the woods. DNR has a ready-made force there to be looking out for them," said Donna Gilson, DATCP spokeswoman.

Feral hogs roam about 25 states. They're common along the Gulf of Mexico and the eastern seaboard, but they're also found as far west as Hawaii. USDA estimates the pigs cause about $800 million to the nation's farm industry annually.

The DNR wants Hunters to report kills so that the carcasses can be tested for disease.

Source: Chippewa Herald