Texas ag chief OKs use of poison to bring a 'hog apocalypse'

Texas ag chief OKs use of poison to bring a 'hog apocalypse'

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas agriculture commissioner has approved the use of a poison that he says may herald a "feral hog apocalypse" in a state where an estimated 2.5 million hogs roam.

Commissioner Sid Miller said this week that bait food will be laced with warfarin, which is used as a blood thinner but has proven lethal to hogs.

Hunters already are allowed to kill the animals from land or air - Miller as a state senator authored legislation that allowed for the aerial killing of hogs.

The animal, which can produce three litters in two years, has long been seen by farmers as a nuisance that shreds fields and pastures.

It's estimated they do $50 million in damage to crops and property each year.

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