Officials plan to cull swine at Arizona wildlife refuge

LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. (AP) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has submitted a plan to eliminate feral pigs at a wildlife refuge near the Arizona-California border.

The Today's News-Herald reports that the USFW says hogs within Havasu National Wildlife Refuge threaten native wildlife, natural habitats and public safety.

The agency is working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which has authority over feral pigs throughout the country.

The USFW plan says officials will target areas with the highest density of swine, including marshes, forests and islands within Topock Marsh and Topock Gorge. The swine will be culled by aerial shooting from a helicopter, ground shooting and trapping.

The agencies will locate the pigs using motion-sensor trail cameras, night vision and infrared equipment and "Judas pigs" -- wild hogs captured and fitted with radio transmitters before being released.

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