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Old 04-15-2014, 03:41 PM   #1
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USDA Announces National Feral Swine Control | The Wildlife Society News

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Early this month the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced plans for a national effort to control and minimize damage from feral swine. APHIS is allocating $20 million for the program to assist states in feral swine management and help mitigate the $1.5 billion in costs for control and damages caused by this invasive species.

Feral swine pose a serious risk to human, wildlife, and livestock health and can negatively impact habitat and water quality. They have been found to carry 30 different diseases and 37 parasites, can ravage high-value crops, and compete with native wildlife for resources. Swine have been especially successful in invading multiple states because of their ability to reproduce quickly, averaging 1.5 litters a year and five to six piglets per litter after reaching sexual maturity at six to eight months of age.
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Can't they be trapped and eaten or are they like super tough or something?
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Yes, trapping and eating them is a viable option and is common enough. They taste quite good. One of the big problems with feral swine is their fecundity. It is estimated that there needs to be at least a 50 to 70% take rate (depending on location) every year just to keep their populations from growing.
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Old 04-16-2014, 10:28 AM   #4
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I'm not positive about this, but the Arkansas Fish & Game Dept. is ready to trap any hogs out of an area for local residence. The idea is that with typical hunting, usually scatters the herd, or only loses 1 or 2 animals to the hunter, meanwhile that usually leaves 5 or more hogs to continue on. So they seem to think trapping them out by the Game & Fish dept. or land owners is a better way to go, but not the only way.

I've been lucky no feral hogs around my place.

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