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Authorities say poison is a possible fix for wild pig problem

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In the state's fight against invasive wild pigs, officials hope a new toxic bait may help control the population, according to the Advocate.

The bait, which the U.S. Department of Agriculture is testing in Texas and Alabama, could help manage the steadily increasing population, said Dr. Jim Lacour, a veterinarian with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

Lacour say there's around 700,000 wild pigs in Louisiana. Nationwide, there are about 6 million of the animals spread across 35 states, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

2016 LSU AgCenter report estimated that wild swine caused $55 million in direct damage to agricultural production in Louisiana in 2014 and 2015.

The USDA estimates that feral hog damage to crops around the country totals $190 million each year.

To read the Advocate's full story, click here.

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