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$1M pilot project aims to take out feral pigs
ap ^ | Mar 18, 2013 | SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN

Posted on 03/18/2013 10:50:03 AM PDT by george76

The invasive porkers have made themselves at home across more than three quarters of the U.S. and 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.

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The wild pig population in the U.S. has ballooned to more than 5 million. In one year alone, federal managers trapped and killed more than 32,000 pigs from 28 states and collected thousands of samples to check for the nearly three dozen diseases feral pigs are capable of carrying and passing on to humans, livestock and other wildlife

(Excerpt) Read more at myfoxphoenix.com ...


TOPICS: Agriculture; Food; Outdoors; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: feral; feralpigs; hunters; hunting; pigs; wildlife

1 posted on 03/18/2013 10:50:03 AM PDT by george76
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To: george76

Could they start in the Beltway?


2 posted on 03/18/2013 10:51:05 AM PDT by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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To: george76

Instead of spending $1m to get rid of these critters why not just lift all of the restrictions on hunting them and then let hunters get rid of them for free?


3 posted on 03/18/2013 10:51:23 AM PDT by MeganC (The left have so twisted public perceptions that the truth now appears pornographic.- SpaceBar)
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To: MeganC
There aren't really any restrictions now in Texas on feral pigs. In December my brother brought me one to cure and smoke. I'm still eating it. I'm doing my part. ;)

/johnny

4 posted on 03/18/2013 10:53:50 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: MeganC

In florida they have lifted almost all restrictions and still can’t get rid of them. They breed very fast.


5 posted on 03/18/2013 10:55:30 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

“In florida they have lifted almost all restrictions and still can’t get rid of them. They breed very fast.”

We’re in Wyoming and we get wild pigs on the ranch sometimes and they *never* make it out alive. I’ve discovered that my chickens LOVE boiled pork! We also let the dogs eat their fill, too, so nothing goes to waste.


6 posted on 03/18/2013 10:59:28 AM PDT by MeganC (The left have so twisted public perceptions that the truth now appears pornographic.- SpaceBar)
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To: JRandomFreeper
Playmate for the dog, or dinner for the family.
Decisions, decisions.


7 posted on 03/18/2013 11:04:57 AM PDT by deoetdoctrinae (The Old White Flag Republicans can go straight to He// and take their pal Obama with them!)
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To: MeganC
I am sure you know this by now Megan but chickens will eat Anything

What is really funny is when you have Fried Chicken from somewhere, toss it out and then they come running to pick the bones. Lols!

8 posted on 03/18/2013 11:07:23 AM PDT by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: george76
"Two legs GOOOD, Four legs BAAAAAD!!!!!"


9 posted on 03/18/2013 11:08:14 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Due Process 2013: "Burn the M*****-F***er Down!")
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To: george76

You can catch wild pigs by finding a suitable place in the woods where wild pigs frequent and placing an adequate amount of corn on the ground. The pigs find it and begin to come everyday to eat the free corn. When they are used to coming every day, you put a fence down one side of the area where they are used to coming. When they get used to the section of fence, they begin to eat the corn again and you put up another side of the fence. They get used to that small change in environment and start to eat again. You continue this process until you have all four sides of the fence up, with a gate in the last side. The pigs, which are used to eating the free corn, start to come through the gate to eat. When you see that they all are peacefully eating the free corn, you slam the gate shut on them and catch the whole herd.

Suddenly the wild pigs have lost their freedom. They run around and around inside the fence, but they are caught. They eventually accept their situation and soon they go back to eating the free corn. They are now owned. They are not free to do what they used to be able to do.

That is exactly what is happening to America.

And some pigs are more equal than others.


10 posted on 03/18/2013 11:09:58 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The ballot box is a sham. Nothing will change until after the war.)
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To: george76

There’s an easy solution: Issue free hunting licenses with no bag limit.

Of course the feral government will figure out a way to screw this up.


11 posted on 03/18/2013 11:14:37 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'll stop being a cynic when the world stops giving me reasons to be cynical.)
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To: george76

Ham Sandwich, there' s a porker at 5 o'clock, good buddy....

*crackle* ... Thanks, Eggs, watch my six, and I'll be makin' bacon!"

12 posted on 03/18/2013 11:16:44 AM PDT by Fido969
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To: george76

Our state started baiting and shooting them a long time ago. The border counties get incursions, but nobody has seen a wild hog in our area for a decade.

I’ve considered driving down to Oklahoma to shoot me some free pork.


13 posted on 03/18/2013 11:17:00 AM PDT by dangerdoc (see post #6)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

“New Mexico. They’re willing to bet $1 million in federal funds on a yearlong pilot project aimed at eradicating the pigs and using what they learn here to keep them from gaining a foothold elsewhere.””””

Here for a second I thought they were talking about the Washington politicians....My bad! (Then again) /sarc


14 posted on 03/18/2013 11:18:06 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: MeganC

MeaganC
I live about 15 miles west of Port St. Lucie, Florida,
From here to West Palm Beach there are approximately a million wld pigs be they decendants of formerly domestic or wild hogs.
Fact is you can shoot them any time any where cept in some city limits day or night.
I live in a private airport community and they can become a real danger. We’ve had them get well over 400 pounds and boy can they tear up a yard, runway or even a car.


15 posted on 03/18/2013 11:18:30 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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To: MeganC

Instead of spending $1m to get rid of these critters why not just lift all of the restrictions on hunting them and then let hunters get rid of them for free?


Missouri has no regs on hog hunting; maybe with the million they could send me some ammo since I can’t find any in the stores.


16 posted on 03/18/2013 11:20:13 AM PDT by fungoking (Tis a pleasure to live in the Ozarks)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

I may be mistaken but most places require no tag for hogs, have no season except restrictions during deer season and have no limits.

My BIL shoots them any time he sees them.


17 posted on 03/18/2013 11:20:54 AM PDT by dangerdoc (see post #6)
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To: ClearCase_guy

http://www.thehawgstopper.com/instructions/


18 posted on 03/18/2013 11:23:36 AM PDT by kempo
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To: george76

Would it be possible they would use the money to give out free ammunition and guns to those that can’t afford them?


19 posted on 03/18/2013 11:24:12 AM PDT by PeterPrinciple
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To: george76

Start in NYC, Chicago, LA and Boston.


20 posted on 03/18/2013 11:26:29 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: MeganC

We get a lot of them. I’ve seen groups of 20-30 across the road from me.


21 posted on 03/18/2013 11:29:31 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

They will have as much success in ridding this country of the hogs as they have in eliminating the snakes in Florida-none, not a chance in hell.


22 posted on 03/18/2013 11:33:28 AM PDT by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: MeganC

Better yet, put a bounty on the pigs. Start it at $50/head.
That will get you 20,000 dead feral pigs for the million.


23 posted on 03/18/2013 11:41:08 AM PDT by woodbutcher1963
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To: woodbutcher1963

We’ve been killing and trapping hogs for years and we’ve yet to catch up, I kill everyone I see. For years my ranch rifle (the one that rides in the truck daily) was a Ruger Model 77-243cal, now it’s a Panther Arms LR-308. When I get into a sounder I want as much firepower as I can muster. Last year went on a helo hunt with my brother and we were both using Bushmaster 223 and all I’ll say is thats the way to go. We took out 76 hogs in a little over 4 hrs of flying time. This is not our trip but it will give you an idea. I rode the skids on a Huey back in 1970 and he was riding them in 68, we had a blast. 1500.00 apiece for a 4 hr hunt.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGC1tjHCSVE


24 posted on 03/18/2013 12:47:06 PM PDT by Dusty Road
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To: SgtHooper

Them hogs are gonna eat all those snakes....


25 posted on 03/18/2013 12:57:35 PM PDT by VRWCarea51
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To: george76

“LIttle pig...Little pig...Let me in...’


26 posted on 03/18/2013 12:58:17 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: woodbutcher1963
Thought that was a pretty good idea too, till I realized 20,000 pigs would be 4 tenths of one percent of the total population.

I gave thought to allow an industrial option, by allowing the collection of these for pet food. Make it profitable to get rid of them, and they will be gone.

27 posted on 03/18/2013 1:08:12 PM PDT by catfish1957 (My dream for hope and change is to see the punk POTUS in prison for treason)
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To: george76

Who said that an AR-15 cannot be used as a hunting rifle?

http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=hog+hunting+with+ar+15&mid=0E8B9D39AC0EF17311DB0E8B9D39AC0EF17311DB&view=detail&FORM=VIRE3


28 posted on 03/18/2013 1:11:01 PM PDT by 353FMG ( I refuse to specify whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: driftdiver
They breed very fast.

Spend the bucks capturing the boars and or male young'uns, spay 'em, turn 'em loose again. Let them screw themselves into extinction.

29 posted on 03/18/2013 1:15:07 PM PDT by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: 353FMG

OK two things that hog was dead after third shot, they go into the death kick 90% of the time and it ain’t no where near 300 LBS. but yes the AR’s seem to be the weapon of chice when hunting hog’s, I switched to one just for the firepower. I try to get as many as I can.

Allot of the boys down here are shooting suppresed 300 Blk’s with Infra Red scopes.


30 posted on 03/18/2013 1:22:24 PM PDT by Dusty Road
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To: Dusty Road

What they need to do is save the money and just allow helo hunting of hog’s. The outfitters charge a good price, a little revenue comes back to the state and theres a list of hunters willing to pay to hunt hogs from a helo.


31 posted on 03/18/2013 1:32:28 PM PDT by Dusty Road
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To: All

find a way to herd ‘em up
send in an A-10 Warthog
poetic justice


32 posted on 03/18/2013 1:37:39 PM PDT by NameOnFile (...........)
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To: george76

33 posted on 03/18/2013 1:44:31 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: JoeProBono
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34 posted on 03/18/2013 2:11:28 PM PDT by Dusty Road
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To: JoeProBono

Very nice!


35 posted on 03/18/2013 2:29:15 PM PDT by Dusty Road
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To: MeganC

Put a bounty on them, hunters will get rid of the quick...thats how it use to be with vermin...Now they make regulations so you have to pay (license) to get rid of vermin.


36 posted on 03/18/2013 2:38:25 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: MeganC

” I’ve discovered that my chickens LOVE boiled pork!”

Bacon and egg in one. What a country!


37 posted on 03/18/2013 2:40:43 PM PDT by Rebelbase (1929-1950's, 20+years for full recovery. How long this time?)
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To: Dusty Road

I have an Idea... combine MeganC and your solution ... MeganC says $50 bounty, you guys got 76 hogs for $3,000 flying time... it is a win win win win


38 posted on 03/18/2013 2:42:01 PM PDT by TexasTransplant (Idiocracy used to just be a Movie... Live every day as your last...one day you will be right)
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To: Rebelbase
Bacon and egg in one. What a country!

The chicken is involved, but the pig is committed.

39 posted on 03/18/2013 2:45:41 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: goat granny

http://knue.com/wulf-outdoor-sports-wild-hog-roundup/


40 posted on 03/18/2013 2:45:57 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: woodbutcher1963

Better yet, put a bounty on the pigs. Start it at $50/head.


How was you gonna’ tell the feral from the domesticated?


41 posted on 03/18/2013 2:51:44 PM PDT by S.O.S121.500 ( Nothing so vexes me as a democrap above ground...ENFORCE THE BILL OF RIGHTS. (It's the Law))
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To: george76

“It could have enormous costs,” he said.


The last sentence of the article.............


42 posted on 03/18/2013 3:03:24 PM PDT by PeterPrinciple
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To: SgtHooper

One good thing about hogs, they like to eat snakes. It may be interesting to see how things shake out in Florida.


43 posted on 03/18/2013 7:33:03 PM PDT by dangerdoc (see post #6)
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To: catfish1957

I had no idea there were SO many of these things. I just remember that the bounty on wolves out west worked so one on feral pigs might too.

Here in NH we do not have a feral hog problem. However, the eastern coyote is getting to be an issue around here. With the mild winters they have been multiplying to the point they are coming into suburban backyards and killing small dogs and occasionally attacking small children. They have been killing cats for years. They are becoming more and more aggressive.

The eastern coyote is bigger than its western sister. They hunt in packs just like wolves.


44 posted on 03/19/2013 6:15:25 AM PDT by woodbutcher1963
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To: dangerdoc

My Ex told me about when she was a little girl (family of 11) growing up in NE Arkansas, the pigs would often get out of the sty and into the coal pile. They would eat the coal and eat their young. .....Yes, pigs will eat anything!


45 posted on 03/19/2013 6:27:44 AM PDT by octex
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