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This wild hog from Hawaii was raised at the National Wildlife Research Center in Fort Collins, Colo. Feral pigs in the wild tend to eat anything containing a calorie — from rows of corn to sea turtle eggs, to baby deer and goats. Rae Ellen Bichell/NPR hide caption

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Scientists Get Down And Dirty With DNA To Track Wild Pigs

Wild hogs inflict $1.5 billion in damage on U.S. property each year. But biologists can now track the elusive animals via tiny bits of DNA the swine leave behind in puddles and ponds.

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Obamacare Helped The Homeless, Who Now Worry About Coverage Repeal

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DOJ Files Brief In Appeals Court, Defending Trump's Immigration Executive Order

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This wild hog from Hawaii was raised at the National Wildlife Research Center in Fort Collins, Colo. Feral pigs in the wild tend to eat anything containing a calorie — from rows of corn to sea turtle eggs, to baby deer and goats. Rae Ellen Bichell/NPR hide caption

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Scientists Get Down And Dirty With DNA To Track Wild Pigs

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