Created: 06/24/2014 11:21 AM
By: The Associated Press
(AP) - State and federal wildlife managers in New Mexico are making progress in their fight against feral pigs.
They say they have eliminated the majority of invasive porkers from 10 counties and progress is being made in another seven counties where pigs have taken up residency.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Service Division says federal hunters tracked down and eliminated about 700 pigs last year as part of a $1 million pilot project. Most of the work was done across New Mexico's eastern plains.
Officials say most of the pigs removed were female, which should put a dent in the population's ability to multiple again.
Officials will be targeting two counties in New Mexico's Bootheel region next. Efforts in the northeastern corner of the state will also continue.
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