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Okla. Growers See Problems From Rooting Hogs

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STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma farmers have been enduring increasing damage to their crops from rooting feral hogs but growers will soon have an additional ability to combat the problem.

A new law that goes into effect on Nov. 1 sets up a system by which permits can be issued to hunt hogs and coyotes from the air on private land.

Grower Dan Ripley said that at times hundreds of hogs rip through his fields. Ripley says he has used dogs, traps and tried hunting them himself. He also says wildlife officers have hunted the hogs from the air on his land.

Ripley said he believes the problem will worsen until it's addressed on a larger scale.

Information from: Stillwater News Press, http://www.stwnewspress.com

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