A trapper in Wayne and Bollinger counties reported significant declines in damage from the invasive animals since he adopted trapping technique.
Even though the MDC reports that more than 9,300 feral hogs were killed in the state last year – a more than 40 percent jump from the 6,500 killed in 2017 – it’s difficult to gauge whether control efforts are working to reverse the tide.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — They are four-footed eating, breeding, rooting machines. Feral hogs are an invasive species present in at least 35 states, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. They cause billions of dollars in crop damage each year, and their rooting causes widespread and lasting environmental damage, according to the USDA. The porcine population bomb is exploding on…
Feral swine can cause extensive damage to riparian habitats while searching for food, and are known carriers of leptospirosis, salmonella and E-coli.LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. — U.S. Department of Agriculture aerial sharpshooters are returning to the Lake Havasu National Wildlife Refuge for a second attempt to exterminate feral hogs at the refuge along the Colorado River. However, the facility’s manager…
The state already allows the shooting of feral hogs from helicopters, but that is expensive and has not been very unsuccessful because the aircraft often scare the animals away. Hot air balloons are quieter and offer a more stable shooting platform.
A small slaughterhouse is butchering the wild pigs, which cause the state $76 million-plus in annual damage, and selling sausage to grocery stores and meat to restaurants, where chefs are turning it into savory prosciutto, chorizo and meatballs.
Agencies have combined to trap and kill 2,332 feral hogs in the first three months of this year, almost half the total of 5,358 feral hogs captured in all of 2016.
The agriculture department says its agents killed more than 11,200 feral hogs, mostly by air, last year.
The hunt had initially been expected to last two weeks but it took less than four days.
Would let hunters use bait for feral hogs, too.
Bill would raise the fine to $5,000 for each hog released and the person responsible would also lose hunting, fishing and trapping privileges for three years.