Wild boar war in central New York

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - State wildlife officials are considering launching a wild boar war.

That's boar as in feral hog, an animal that can grow to hundreds of pounds and cause considerable damage to crops and fields. For years, wildlife experts at the state Department of Environmental Conservation have encouraged farmers and hunters to hunt wild boars year-round. Now, with the number of wild boars increasing in rural areas of central New York south of Syracuse, DEC officials tell the Syracuse Post-Standard that they're considering going on the offensive against the state's wild boar population.

Wild hogs have been a problem in Texas and several other states for years. They're blamed for causing tens of millions of dollars in damage to crops and can harm other wildlife populations.