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Old September 16, 2018, 10:41 PM   #5
Double Naught Spy
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Nice haul, thallub!

States with wild boar problems should consider a bounty on the damn things. The only real predator of hogs are 2 legged hog killers. Would it be beneficial to process hogs and use the carcasses for pet food? Since most of the infested states don't have a bunch of public lands, would a "walk in hunt" program be appropriate?
Bounties would be nice, no doubt. Nobody wants to pay for them, however. Heck, most folks don't want to pay the extra tax for more cops or better schools, either.

If we still had real predators, then humans would not be the only real predator, but we killed off the wolves and most of the bears and big cats. Coyotes and bobcats occasionally manage to take piglets, but adult hogs seem impervious to them. Mountains, bears, wolves, and alligators have no problem even with adult hogs, but as noted most of these are lacking and alligator only patrol very limited areas. So not only are we the problem in origin and spread of hogs in the US, we are the problem as to why there are no predators to really aid in their control.

States with higher levels of public lands don't seem to be doing any better with hog control than states dominated by privately owned land. States such as New Mexico, Oregon, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, California, and Washington don't seem to be doing any better of a job at stopping the spread of feral hogs than states where a huge majority of the land is privately owned. Some of these public land states have the benefit of only being recent infestations and insufficient resources to explain limited distribution, not because those states have any sort of great hog control hunting efforts providing resolution to the problem.

Missouri did ban hunting hogs on public lands and the hog population continues to grow. Kansas did as well and they are putting up a hefty fight, but they seemed to have only slowed the inevitable.

Walk-In hunting programs are interesting. The state essentially leases the land for a modest amount of money, takes care of liability some liability issues, and the public gets access. It isn't terribly popular because landowners can make so much more money with individual leases and have better control over who is hunting on their lands.
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