It turns out that '30-50 feral hogs' guy might have been right all along

It turns out that '30-50 feral hogs' guy might have been right all along

Since Donald Trump became the president of America, we’ve heard a lot about a supposed “crisis” at the border.

Though it turns out there there is a crisis – it’s just not the one (or even the border) that you might expect.

According to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), sightings of “feral hogs” along the northern US-Canadian border have increased significantly. The prospect of the influx of hogs is concerning wildlife experts.

Sound familiar?

Not long ago, in the aftermath of horrific mass shootings in Drayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas, “30-50 feral hogs” took over the internet.

The meme began when a man on Twitter suggested that he needed an automatic gun to kill “30-50 feral hogs” that run through his garden.

The tweet launched thousands of memes.

But given this new information, was the man… Right?

Dale Nolte of the USDA’s National Feral Swine Program told the Daily Inter Lake:

Multiple people say that if we were to design an invasive species that would do the most widespread damage, feral swine aren’t too far off from being the perfect specimen.

It would be a disaster.

The feral hogs can damage local environments and can even be aggressive and carry diseases. Ryan Brook, a researcher at the University of Saskatchewan, says:

There is a general denial that wild pigs are a critical issue.

At the time William McNabb - the Arkansas father and business owner behind the memes - said that he was simply "bringing attention to a real issue in rural areas".

But after many jokes, which he says he can "find the humour" in, he may be vindicated by these new findings.

HT: The Guardian

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