Feral hogs at Felsenthal sick with brucellosis

CROSSETT, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission says feral hogs at Felsenthal National Wildlife refuge are infected with brucellosis and pseudorabies.

The agency 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.

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

The agency 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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