Remote feral hog trapping offers possibilities

Remote feral hog trapping offers possibilities
Remote feral hog trapping offers possibilities

The frightening commentary about feral hogs around much of the country today is this – if you don’t have hogs on your property now, just wait; they’re coming.

So, what is the problem with having feral hogs on your property? Aren’t they just another species of wildlife that have a right to compete for living spaces? Not exactly – wild pigs not only can but do horrific damage to the landscape, rooting up food plots and fouling water sources. They’re worse than that. Feral pigs also are disease carriers of up to 37 parasites with at least 30 diseases that can be transmitted to people, pets or wildlife. The case is thusly made that wild pigs need to be eradicated or their numbers reduced, but how do you go about that? You can try to shoot them but when harassed just a bit, they become as wary as deer and start doing their damage under the cover of darkness.

Trapping efforts thus far have only a margin of success as when some are caught, the others become wary of traps. In wide open spaces like south Texas where they present a serious problem, hiring a team of shooters firing from helicopters has been somewhat successful. The use of poisoned bait will take out hogs but more species than pigs are attracted to the bait. Surely there must some method that has promise of working.

 

 

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