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January 27, 2010

North Island hog hunts with dogs to remove destructive feral hogs

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources will continue efforts to remove and eliminate feral hogs from North Island in Georgetown County by scheduling four 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 the Friday and Saturdays of Feb. 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27 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 comply with the following guidelines in order to participate in the North Island hog hunts with dogs:

Hunters must launch and return with any harvested hogs to the South Island Ferry Landing.  DNR staff will periodically be on site to collect pertinent information.

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