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Feral Pigs Terrorize Florida Residents (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 01/07/11 05:24 PM ET Updated: 05/25/11 07:25 PM ET

Though everyone loves Porky Pig and Babe, in reality, pigs can prove to be quite meddlesome. Florida residents have been experiencing this lately, and seem to be quite fed up with it.

According to Smithsonian Magazine, wild hogs are the most destructive invasive species in the United States. There are an estimated two million roaming the Southeast and South alone.

According to the video from MSNBC, the animals can weigh more than 300 pounds, and are extremely intelligent and aggressive. They can get so massive that one Florida resident described their size as "short of a rhino" and another dubbed one she found in her backyard "Hogzilla."

The pigs have proven to be particularly destructive to residents' lawns. They usually do their mischief at night, when they wreak havoc on lawns, scavenging for acorns, worms, and mushrooms. They also disrupt native vegetation, making it easier for invasive plants to grow.

The problem has gotten so bad that the federal government is now involved. The USDA's proposed solution is not to eradicate the pig population, but rather to thin out the herd. They have allowed residents to shoot or trap the animals.

Florida is currently conducting hog hunts to diminish their pig population.

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