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IDNR: Hundreds of feral swine spotted throughout Illinois

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Fall is a wonderful time to spend outdoors.

Beautiful colors of the trees and hunting seasons are in full gear. But, there's also something out there you might not expect to see.

The USDA says hundreds of feral swine are taking over some parts of Illinois.

In McDonough County on Wednesday, state and federal officials demonstrated equipment used to trap the wild hogs.

Feral swine carry diseases that threaten people, pets and livestock. They can also damage forests and farm land.

"There's no place that feral swine won't damage. Crop lands, pasture lands, woodlands, food plots that hunters may plant for wildlife can all and we've seen all get damaged in those areas," Kevin Oller, District Wildlife Biologist, with Illinois Department of Natural Resources, says.

Oller says that IDNR wants hunters to contact the IDNR immediately and identify where you see the feral swine so they can set traps.

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