Incredibly intelligent ``super pigs'' are damaging crops and livestock

Wild pigs are known to cause problems such as destroying crops and spreading infectious diseases, but a huge and highly intelligent 'super pig' that

crossed domestic pigs and wild boars has bred in Canada. are reported to have caused widespread damage.

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Primarily found in Canada, Super Pigs, a population that can survive cold climates by burrowing tunnels under snow, are known to be huge beasts that are incredibly smart and extremely elusive. Of particular concern are super pigs created by farmers in the 1980s by crossing wild boars with domestic pigs. This crossing was intended to produce larger, more meat-producing pigs that were easier to shoot in game reserves, but as a result of some individuals escaping from captivity and breeding, pigs have spread throughout Canada. has spread to

Super pigs are large and weigh as much as 300 kg, and by making use of their large body and the nature of digging holes in the ground, they are surviving the extremely cold Canadian winter of -50 degrees. Hunters are trying to capture them, but Super Pigs are very difficult to find because they become active at night when they sense human activity.

Not only super pigs but also wild pigs are recognized as a threat to humans, especially in the United States, about 6 million wild pigs cause damage of $ 1.5 billion (about 200 billion yen) every year. It has been with. Males with long tusks harm wildlife by attacking fawns and destroying bird nests, as well as humans by eating livestock and crops, destroying trees and polluting water. is bringing

In addition, there is a possibility that pig-mediated African swine disease may harm livestock, so it is desired that wild pigs be exterminated as soon as possible in various places. Michael Marlowe, who belongs to the USDA's National Wild Pig Damage Control Program, says he has successfully eradicated pigs in seven states over the past decade, but there is little realistic hope of completely eradicating them. It seems that they do not think so.

To get rid of pigs, scientists in the United States and Canada are working on creating big traps and poisoning them. One successful method is to attach 'GPS' to pigs, which involves attaching a GPS to one captured pig and releasing it into the wild to guide it to the herd.

Despite efforts to eradicate it, some experts say it is no longer possible to eradicate wild pigs. 'Perhaps between 2010 and late 2012, there was a reasonable chance of finding and exterminating pigs,' says Ryan Brooke, who heads the Canadian Pig Research Project at the University of Saskatchewan. 'It is so widespread and so abundant that hopes of eradication by the end of 2018 or 2019 have been dashed. It is now established.'

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