The invasive porkers have made themselves at home across more than three quarters of the U.S. and officials say they are responsible for an estimated $1.5 billion in damages each year.
Most worrisome is their ability to learn from each encounter with a frustrated human.
Feral pigs are expanding their numbers in many states, but officials think they have a chance to tip the balance in New Mexico.
They're willing to bet $1 million in federal funds on a yearlong pilot project aimed at eradicating the pigs.
It marks the first time the U.S. Department of Agriculture has teamed up with a state to develop a comprehensive plan for getting rid of the pigs.