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Deer tracks showing both hoof and dewclaws

Deer Tracks

Compared to rounded hog tracks, deer tracks are more elongated from tip to heel. If deer dewclaws show in the track, they typically do not register wider than the hoof.

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Do Pigs Have Wings?

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"The time has come," the Walrus said, "To talk of many things: Of shoes--and ships--and sealing wax Of cabbages--and kings--And why the sea is boiling hot--And whether pigs have wings" - Lewis Carroll

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Feral Hog

Feral Hog

This feral hog was captured in west central Missouri. As they root for food, they develop long and strong snouts that enable them to tear deep into soil.

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Image of a feral hog

Feral Hog

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Feral hogs could cost Missouri millions of dollars in agricultural, environmental and property damage. As they root and wallow, they plow the soil to depths of 2–8 inches—sometimes for many acres! And this is just the beginning of the trouble they can cause to humans, livestock and the environment.

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Feral hogs damaging spring

Feral Hog 1

These destructive feral hogs pollute a pristine spring on private property in Ozark County.

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Feral hogs caught in trap

Feral Hog 2

Weeks of work by MDC staff in the Ozarks led to the capture of this group of feral hogs in this baited corral trap. Hog hunters can ruin these efforts by shooting only a few pigs from the group as they gather around the bait before the trap is sprung, causing the rest to flee to other locations.

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Feral hog trap

Feral Hog 3

MDC staff can spend weeks luring a group of feral hogs to a baited corral trap such as this. Once the group of hogs gets used to the trap and concentrates inside it to feed on the corn bait, MDC staff then drop the trap using a remote-controlled trigger. Hog hunters can ruin these efforts by shooting only a few pigs from the group as they gather, causing the rest to flee to other locations.

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Feral Hog 4

Feral hogs (shown here in a trap) damage wildlife habitats, compete with and prey upon native wildlife, destroy natural areas and agricultural land, pollute ponds and streams, and spread diseases.

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Feral Hog Damage

Feral Hog Damage

Feral hogs damaged this pasture. They use their snouts to root up soil looking for insects and roots to eat.

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dark-colored feral hog droppings among twigs

Feral Hog Scat: Figure B

Unlike the previous example, which shows light-colored, dry-looking droppings, these are darker, reflecting hogs' diverse diet.

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