Virginia wildlife officials are dealing with a growing menace and don't quite know how to address it. A feral hog population boom is prompting concern about its impact on the local ecology, agriculture, and human safety. Some residents may be to blame, while others may also be the solution.
Aaron Proctor with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries says whether you refer to them as feral hogs, wild pigs, or wild boar:
And he says these animals have become a major nuisance and are popping up in areas where they shouldn't be.
You’re at home or in your office and all of a sudden you hear a thud at your window. . . Another window collision; a major cause of death for birds. Bird kill by skyscrapers in large cities has been well documented, but not in smaller towns. That doesn’t mean it’s not a problem.
“The birds that hit the windows, they’re hidden behind bushes, or under the leaves, and they’re just out of sight, out of mind.”
Becky Schneider and a flock of volunteers have been documenting bird death by window at a Blacksburg office park since last fall.
Scientists are asking the public’s help in stemming the spread of a blight on the Boxwood bush. The plant is often used in holiday wreaths and garlands this time of year.
The Boxwood plant is prized for its emerald leaves and slow growing habit. But a blight, first seen in the US in 2011 has spread to Virginia, where it threatens home gardens as well as historic sites. The disease eventually kills the plant. It’s caused by a fungus spread by contact with a diseased boxwood.