State holding feral hog hunts in Georgetown County

GEORGETOWN, S.C. — The state Department of Natural Resources is holding hunts with dogs in an effort to reduce the number of feral hogs on a barrier island in Georgetown County.

The department says that hogs on North Island destroy native plants and can harm the nests of birds and sea turtles on the island. The island is accessible only by boat.

Thursday marks the start of a three-day hunt on the island. There will be Thursday-through-Saturday hunts the next two weeks as well.

The hunts are part of a hog removal effort at the Yawkey Wildlife Center.

The hunts are being staged in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Agriculture Department and the Belle Baruch Foundation.