Year of the Pig 

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Year of the Pig is a personal account of one avid hunters pursuit of wild pigs in eleven American states. Mark Hainds tied his mission to the Chinese calendars Year of the Pig in 2007 and journeyed through longleaf forests, cypress swamps, and wiliwili forests in search of his prey. He used a range of weaponsblackpowder rifle, bow and arrow, knife, and high-powered rifleand various methods to stalk his quarry through titi, saw palmetto, privet hedge, and blue palm. Introduced pig populations have wreaked havoc on ecosystems the world over. Nonnative to the Western Hemisphere, pigs originally arrived in the southeast with de Sotos entrada and in the Hawaiian Archipelago on the outriggers of South Pacific islanders. In America feral hogs are considered pests and invaders because of their omnivorous diet and rooting habits that destroy both fragile native species and agricultural cropland. Appealing to hunters and adventure readers for its sheer entertainment, Year of the Pig will also be valuable to farmers, land managers, and environmentalists for its broad information and perspective on the topic.

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