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Posted: Monday, December 19th, 2005 12:38 PM HST

Wild pigs annoying some Hawaii residents

By Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) _ The state is considering a return to regular pig-hunting season.

Conservation groups and state officials say they are concerned with an increase in the islands' feral pig population.

Pascual Dabis is president of the Oahu Pig Hunters Association.

He says the group has been receiving more calls for help this year from residents reporting wild pigs in their neighborhoods.

He says pigs who live on the edge of conservation land sometimes venture to nearby houses. The pigs can flip over trash cans and also damage watershed areas that recharge the underground water supply.

Manoa resident Terry Day says she recently had hunters remove several pigs from her property.

The number of feral pigs killed on Oahu grew from 200 in fiscal year 1999 to 294 in fiscal 2002. The state is considering opening a pig-hunting season of three months to control the number of animals.

(Copyright 2005 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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