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      Officials request deer hunters to shoot swine as well

      Officials want deer hunters to take aim at feral swine while out in Michigan's woods and fields.

      Firearm deer hunting season begins Thursday and runs through Nov. 30. Officials with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, as well as the Department of Natural Resources, say farmers should shoot the wild pigs. They urge people to report sightings of the free-ranging animals.

      The DNR has designated certain types of exotic swine as invasive species. Officials say they've escaped from game ranches and caused damage in the wild.

      Private land owners may shoot or trap-and-remove feral swine.