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January 9, 2008

North Island hog hunts scheduled

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, 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 Jamie Dozier, wildlife biologist with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR).  These hunts are part of an overall hog removal project on the Yawkey Wildlife Center.

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 February 16th and 23rd, as well as March 1. The hunts will take place from sunrise to sunset only.  North Island is only accessible after crossing Winyah Bay by boat and contains 1,410 acres of uplands and 1,703 acres of marsh. Hunters must launch and return with any harvested hogs to the South Island Ferry Landing, and must check out after each hunt.  DNR staff will be on site to collect pertinent information.

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

DNR protects and manages South Carolina’s natural resources by making wise and balanced decisions for the benefit of the state’s natural resources and its people.

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