Conservation says more than 9,000 feral hogs were killed throughout the state last year. On Friday, the department reported that along with partner agencies and private landowners, it killed roughly 9,300 hogs in 2018. More than 6,500 were killed in 2017. Conservation says they are a menace in part of Missouri, damaging property and agriculture by aggressively rooting through soil and trampling and eating crops. Most Missouri’s feral hog population is south of I-44, with the problem being most persistent in southeast Missouri. Federal officials have also helped cut back the population, using a helicopter to shoot hogs hiding in rugged terrain.
9,000 Feral Hogs Killed in Missouri Last Year