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In 2010, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) issued an Invasive Species Order1 (ISO) to "help stop the spread of feral swine and the disease risk they pose to humans, domestic pigs, and wildlife as well as their potential for extensive agricultural and ecosystem damage."

While this sounds perfectly reasonable considering how much damage wild pigs can cause, the way this order is being used by the DNR is far from it. Hybrid or heritage swine, such as those raised by Bakers Green Acres,2 a family-run farm, are not feral in the sense that they run around in the wild.

However, according to the DNR, Bakers' pigs fell under the classification of "feral swine" because they're cross bred with Russian boar-an illegal breed-and Mangalitsa pigs. They also share one particular trait with feral pigs-the shape of their tail, to be precise.   

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