From The Jackson Citizen Patriot:

_The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Department of Natural Resources are urging hunters to shoot every wild pig they encounter. . . .

“By shooting feral swine, hunters are preserving Michigan’s natural beauty for future generations to enjoy,” DNR Wildlife Division Chief Russ Mason said in a release Friday. . . .

State agriculture officials said feral domestic and exotic hogs destroy natural habitat and crops, compete with native species and can carry diseases that can spread to farms.

Biologists say a Russian strain of wild boars escaped from various game farms in recent years and colonized nearly every county in Michigan._