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Melanie Carden-Jessen portrays an Ozarks pioneer hog caller

Ozarks Pioneer Hog Caller Calls Attention to Feral Hogs

Feral hogs were once common in the Ozarks and were a factor in the low deer and turkey populations in the 1930s. Lennis Broadfoot’s character study of a Ripley County hog caller brings home that feral hogs are still a problem in Missouri.

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Melanie Carden-Jessen portrays an Ozarks pioneer hog caller

Ozarks Pioneer Tells the Tale of Hogs in Missouri

In the early 1930s, Shannon County native Lennis Broadfoot completed what he called character studies on everyday folks who scratched out a living in these hard Ozarks Hills. A hog caller, Mary Boxx, is now brought to life by Twin Pines Education Center manager Melanie Carden-Jessen to tell the story of hogs and the impact they have on wildlife both in Mary's time and today. Feral hogs are once again becoming a problem in the Ozarks and efforts are underway to limit their population. 

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