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#06-08 January 9, 2006

North Island hog hunts with dogs to remove destructive feral hogs

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources will continue efforts to remove and eliminate feral hogs from North Island in Georgetown County by scheduling three hog hunts with dogs.

"Feral hogs have continued to multiply on the island, causing destruction to the landscape and native plants, and jeopardizing the nesting success of ground-nesting birds as well as sea turtle nests scattered along the beaches of this barrier island wilderness area," said Bob Joyner, wildlife biologist with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

In order to help remove the destructive feral hogs, DNR will allow three hog hunts with dogs to take place on North Island only. The hunts are scheduled for Jan. 14, 28 and Feb. 11, from sunrise to sunset only. North Island is accessible by boat only and contains 1,410 acres of uplands and 1,703 acres of marsh.

For more information on the North Island hog hunts with dogs, contact Bob Joyner at (843) 546-6814 in Georgetown between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday thru Friday.

Hunters must comply with the following guidelines in order to participate in the North Island hog hunts with dogs:

"Hogs may not be removed alive from North Island," Joyner said, "and all hogs must be killed immediately."

Hunters must launch at the South Island Ferry Landing, and hunters (along with the harvested hogs) must check out at the South Island Ferry Landing after each hunt. DNR staff will be on site to collect pertinent information.


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