(Reynolds County) The Missouri Department of Conservation is shooting feral hogs from a helicopter this winter as a way to eliminate the invasive species.
The Missouri Feral Hog Elimination Partnership’s most recent operation happened at the Paddy Creek and Hercules Glades Wilderness Areas in southern Missouri.
The hog hunts from a helicopter are best in winter because it’s easier to spot the hogs in the woods.
In December, helicopter hunters killed a total of more than 500 feral hogs in and around Johnson Shut-Ins State Park in Reynolds County, Fort Leonard Wood and in Oregon County.
In January, almost 400 were shot and killed in southeastern Missouri.
It costs about 600-dollars an hour to fly the hog-hunting helicopter missions.