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rickyrick
June 22, 2012, 08:23 PM
They better get crackin!!!!

Wild Pigs Could Be Eradicated By Helicopters And Hunting*Dogs


http://www.kpbs.org/news/2012/jun/22/wild-pigs-could-be-eradicated-helicopters-and-hunt/

Hundreds of feral pigs roam Cleveland National Forest, leaving paths of destruction where ever they go. Helicopters, hunting dogs and traps are all being considered to rid East County of its pesky pig problem.


The domestically-raised Russian pigs were reportedly released six years ago by a local Native American tribe as the start of a hunting program. But the couple dozen pigs they brought over quickly multiplied out of control.....


.............The Forest Service is considering three options to deal with the feral pigs. One method involves aerial hunting with helicopters. A professional marksman would board a low-flying helicopter and eradicate the pigs from the air.

fatwhiteboy
June 23, 2012, 10:08 AM
The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

On the other hand, I live a few minutes from Cleveland National Forest. Guess I had better buy a couple of pig tags and keep them in the truck. On the down side, Cleveland National Forest is a coastal hill range, only 5000 feet elevation at its highest point but mostly a 70-80% grade. The cover is Oak and coastal chaparral, almost impenetrable in places. It runs from Orange county South almost to the Mexican border. Shoot a pig in the morning, take the kids to Disneyland in the afternoon...

Slamfire
June 23, 2012, 07:51 PM
I saw an article in American Hunter about hunting wild hogs from a helicopter.

This is something only Governments or the rich can afford.

I looked at the rates for renting a helicopter here:

http://www.paradigmhelicopters.com/pricing-rates.php

Lowest price is $400.00 per hour,

Here are some expensive ones, $1,900 per hour.

http://www.libertyhelicopterscharter.com/helicopter-charter-rates/

Scorch
June 23, 2012, 08:44 PM
Cleveland NF, as in San Diego, CA? Seems to me like they would already have pigs in that area. There are substantial numbers just to the north of there.

fatwhiteboy
June 25, 2012, 10:19 PM
Those are the ones they are talking about, Scorch. A couple of months ago, they were as far north as Warner Springs. I have feeling they re further north than that...

Double Naught Spy
June 26, 2012, 05:57 PM
On the down side, Cleveland National Forest is a coastal hill range, only 5000 feet elevation at its highest point but mostly a 70-80% grade. The cover is Oak and coastal chaparral, almost impenetrable in places. It runs from Orange county South almost to the Mexican border.

The pigs will do very well in that environment. That Native Americans turned a couple dozen loose is really pretty inconsequential in the grand scheme. It just sped up the process a little is all.

Scanning some of the old newspaper articles, it looks like hogs have been a problem in the Cleveland National Forest for a while, at least since 1998.

sc928porsche
June 27, 2012, 04:15 AM
Feral pigs can be found through out California's coastal range.