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Jamie Dozier, DNR wildlife biologist and manager of the Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center, says, “Feral swine are pests that impact a wide variety of wildlife species. In some years they have destroyed more than 90 percent of the nests of the federally threatened loggerhead sea turtle on the North Island portion of the Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center. This species has been in sharp decline in past years. Feral pigs have also been observed rooting in least tern colonies and areas associated with Wilson’s plover and American oystercatcher nesting.” Billy Dukes, DNR chief of wildlife, says, “The department has taken significant steps in the last few years to increase opportunities for hunters and farmers to kill these pests, including allowing limited night hunting. This opportunity carries several restrictions put into place to protect deer and other natural resources and provide for public safety. Hunters must notify DNR and provide certain information before hunting feral swine at night.” More information on hunting hogs at night can be found at www.dnr.sc.gov/nighthunt/. Feral pigs cause many other problems for the state’s natural and agricultural resources, including: consuming or trampling rare plants and longleaf pine seedlings, peanuts and other crops, and acorns and other important foods used by deer, turkey and other native wildlife species. Feral pigs also prey on ground-nesting birds, and on amphibians and reptiles; contaminate water sources, and serve as potential vectors for diseases that are harmful to people and domestic swine. For more information on feral swine see www.dnr.sc.gov/wildlife/hog/damage.html.