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Hunting Hogs From Helicopters

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    Irving Animal Services
    About a dozen feral hogs moved into the Southwest Irving neighborhood after flooding along the Trinity forced them to seek higher ground.

    Feral hogs in Texas could be targets for high-flying hunters.

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering allowing hunters in helicopters to shoot wild pigs at the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge.

    Refuge manager Deborah Holle on Monday told the Austin American-Statesman that says feral hogs have been trapped and killed during autumn hunts, but the pig population continues to thrive and destroy habitat.

    The refuge, with about 23,000 acres in Burnet, Travis and Williamson counties, was formed to protect the habitat for two endangered songbirds.

    The service is considering amending the 2001 Feral Hog Management Plan to allow aerial shooting.

    The proposal would allow personnel from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to shoot feral hogs on refuge lands away from public roads and developed areas.