Correction: Sick Feral Hogs story

12/13/2012 8:15 AM
By Associated Press

CROSSETT, Ark. (AP) — In a story Dec. 12 about feral hogs, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission tested animals at the Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge for disease. The commission distributed a news release from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which did the testing. Also, Rick Eastridge is a biologist with the Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge, not the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Feral hogs at Felsenthal sick with brucellosis

Feral hogs at Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge infected with brucellosis, pseudorabies

CROSSETT, Ark. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says feral hogs at Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge are infected with brucellosis and pseudorabies.

The wildlife service said Wednesday it worked with the U.S. Agriculture Department to collect and test samples from 46 feral swine. The results revealed 10 of the beasts had swine brucellosis and 16 had pseudorabies.

Refuge biologist Rick Eastridge says that shouldn't discourage hunting the animals. But hunters should take appropriate precautions when handling their kills.

The wildlife service says hunters should wear rubber gloves and wash with soap and hot water as soon as possible after handling a feral pig carcass. Meat from feral hogs should be cooked thoroughly before being eaten.

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