Studies: Pigs good, bad for environment

Jessica Else / The Garden Island file

A new study out of University of Hawaii shows pig presence produces increased worms in soil, but decreases the variety of bacterial communities in the soil, too.

Jessica Else / The Garden Island file

Feral pigs are in many areas on Kauai and throughout Hawaii.

LIHUE — New research out of the University of Hawaii supports the state’s work to eradicate invasive and prevalent feral pigs, but also shows ways in which watersheds can benefit from the animals.