Stevie Sligh of Newberry, South Carolina, traveled nearly 200 miles to participate in the hunt this year. "You're helping with the sea turtles, and you're also getting rid of the hog problem," Sligh told the Charlotte Observer. "At the same time, you're having fun, doing what you like to do." With hog predation of turtle nests reduced to almost zero on North Island, biologists are hopeful that pigs can be controlled if and when they reach other barrier islands. "We've learned that you can reduce hogs, even when they are there in great numbers," said Charlotte Hope, a South Carolina sea turtle biologist. "It takes a lot of work, but it is doable."