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Feral Hog Problem Addressed

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Feral hogs once again reared their ugly heads in the upper Wildlife and Parks region of Clinton Lake. Only this time, USDA Animal Control Specialist, Chad Richardson and his staff were there.First spotted in 2002, the wild pigs have been a continuing problem to private landowners and farmers leasing farmland in the Wildlife and Parks hunting area. I personally became concerned when I spotted a group walking across the pasture directly behind our home, an area where our grandchildren play.The Lawrence Journal World reported the USDA helicopter flight on March 17, 2006. In June, 2006 the Kansas Legislature passed a bill banning public hunting of feral hogs. Finally, in a story on January 25, 2007, George Teagarden, Kansas Livestock Commission announced they would fly again in the spring of 2007 reported here. Although the problem continued to receive attention, I did not feel there was a united effort against the growing population. We continued to see them, often a sow leading a group of babies.The USDA, Kansas Livestock Commission and Kansas Wildlife and Parks handling of the feral hog problem in our valley has received criticism. I, personally, felt the helicopter could not be completely effective over our valley because of the foliage. Others felt the ban on hunting did not make sense. Meanwhile, the farmers continued to lose crops. Two were hit on the road with damage to vehicles. It seemed the problem had no practical solution.It all changed December of 2007. It was the Holidays, but Chad Richardson was on the job. He paid us a visit and indicated he was ready to work on the hog population.Thanks to Richardson's long hours and local cooperation, a coordinated program of trapping began. The ban on hunting kept the hogs localized in the valley. As a result, 60 hogs were caught in live traps the months of December and January. The helicopter flew again on February 4, 2008 with 23 taken at that time.Although there may be feral hogs left in the valley, I applaud Richardson for his efforts in removing 83 of them. I, for one, will feel safer walking down the valley road this spring.

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huntershaven 6 years, 10 months ago

The process may have been effective but it was done at a huge taxpayer expense. Landowners could have done their own live trapping or allowed hunters to do a coordinated hunt at a much lower cost or could have been done for a profit by the landowners offering the opportunity to hunt feral hogs to those who wanted to pay a fee to help get rid of the problem animals.

kneejerkreaction 6 years, 10 months ago

It is stupid to think that you can control a feral hog population with a helicopter and traps. You need a hunting season like every other state in the union with a pig population/problem. Kansas is no different.

Unfortunately the USDA wrestled the pig issue away from Wildlife Dept and USDA cannot enact hunting seasons.

The pig problem is alive and well and won't be resolved with traps and a door gunner. That is absurd.

(Anyone hear about the farmers cattle that were run through a barbed wire fence because of the USDA helicopter?)

Ronda Miller 6 years, 10 months ago

Hi, Linda. I was hoping to get a chance to go hunting with someone who hunts these wild piggies, but I see that won't be likely to happen. It isn't that I enjoy hunting, but I thought it would be interesting to see all of this first hand.

I may be the only person who doesn't know this - would you mind telling me what they do with the pigs once they catch them?

Warmer, your photos from links were too hysterical.

Linda Hanney 6 years, 10 months ago

Yes, the links are funny. Ronda, I don't know what they do with the pigs. I do know they are tested and all are disease free.

Flap Doodle 6 years, 10 months ago

Shooting blanks out of your snubbie, NIck?

TheOriginalCA 6 years, 10 months ago

As the saying goes, "Shoot, shovel, and shutup!"

RedwoodCoast 6 years, 10 months ago

Isn't there a theory that hunters are actually the ones letting hogs loose?

kneejerkreaction 6 years, 10 months ago

its_getting_warmer (Anonymous) says: _ But USDA cannot prohibit state hunting seasons either (can they?): so USDA isn't the bugaboo in this cake-mix.


IGW, No, they certainly cannot prohibit hunting season, but the state legislature has given them ownership of the problem, and they are the ones who will decide on the strategy and one of the tricks in their bag is NOT instituting a hunting season.

Yes, the USDA is the fly in the ointment here.

And, yes the piggies make good bacon if you wanted to go to the trouble. Better in pit roasts. I've hunted them, eaten many of them, know people who have done likewise, have had the meat tested and never a problem.

This problem will continue to grow until there is an open hunting season. In the meantime, the USDA will continue to spend taxpayers money, unwisely, instead of turning the critters into a money maker for the state.

Way to go, KS legislature.

TheOriginalCA 6 years, 10 months ago

Well, wild hogs and a state growing "purple." Maybe that is not just a coincidence.

Frederic Gutknecht IV 6 years, 10 months ago

RedwoodCoast says: Isn't there a theory that hunters are actually the ones letting hogs loose?


Yeah, but that "theory" was put forth by the same guy who theorized that you were a big, nerdy trouble maker. Why lend credence to one theory and not the other?~) Just kidding!

It is possible that "guides" or so called "hunters" let the hogs loose. It's also nearly impossible to determine if that's the case or control such foolish/illegal (It is illegal, isn't it???) behavior. If we're going to posit that anyone who has a stake in the matter let the hogs go, why wouldn't we theorize that it was Chad Richardson and his staff?~) Just kidding.

It's a big problem, in any case, and I don't know that any one entity or strategy can alleviate it. It seems that those damned dirty apes and pigs will continue to go hand in feet through the ages. Eradication is a tall order for such adaptable swine and I ain't kidding!~)

Weeeeeeee are the world...

kneejerkreaction 6 years, 10 months ago

IGW.....could we blame the pigs? Yes, KS legislators, but the USDA lobbied for and got the project because they were once farm animals.

The story that I've always heard after hunting them for about 4 years (minus when all the fun was taken away) now is that a pig farmer was foreclosed on by a bank and released the furry feral ferocities into the wild something like 6 or so years ago.

It only takes 6 months or so for a domestic pig to become feral, grow longer tusks and begin to darken in color.

We've had several Hawaii-type pig roasts, lots of friends, Free State beer and tasty piggy.

Frederic Gutknecht IV 6 years, 10 months ago

Huh, T_O_B? You didn't think it was about sexist pigs? I figured that would be more familiar territory for you!~) I'm absolutely positive you've never had a soiree or sortie to "soroties" or sororoties!

jonas 6 years, 10 months ago

There was this show I saw on History channel or discovery, can't remember which, but it was about feral hogs and it was somewhat informative, but really over the top in term of the mood they were trying to prevail. They had a reenactment (of a hunter shooting what was probably a feral ex-game pig (weighed close to a ton, I think) that was done in the most over the top, silly/dramatic "Killer Clowns From Outer Space" type of action and filming, and their announcer had the we're all going to hell and die voice. Then their graphic talked about the spread of pigs throughout North America, with the pigs marked by red spreading across the map. That, with the announcer, made it look like the spread of totalitarianism across the free world or something. It was pretty funny stuff.

Anyone else catch this show?

Linda Hanney 6 years, 10 months ago

jonas, we will be watching for the show on the History channel.

Our experience in sighting the feral hogs in the Wakarusa valley is they are mostly nocturnal. Early on when hunting was allowed, they turned totally nocturnal and relocated onto private property. It seems to me, control of the problem by a hunting season would be difficult in the Clinton Lake Wildlife and Parks area not only because of the size but cover available.

kneejerkreaction 6 years, 10 months ago

It was fun hunting the pigs when there were no rules, didn't have to worry about some other hunter shooting you 'cause you could hunt them out of any season.

Yes, they are nocturnal, but they stick to traveled paths.

Maybe I can get a job as Helicopter Door Gunner with the USDA.

BigPrune 6 years, 10 months ago

Lulu Roman, the gigantic woman on Hee Haw, lost a whopping 190 pounds of fat eating pork. Does anyone see the irony?

Amazing Before and After shots on the link. http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2008/feb/02/hee-haw-star-lulu-beats-problems-weight-low-esteem/

I didn't read the article so I don't know if she really ate pork to lose so much weight, but pork is the other white meat. Just ask any brother.

Ronda Miller 6 years, 10 months ago

Steffes is to blame with the pig problem. If he didn't provide the space for them, they would not come from neighboring areas. If he did not provide the food for them, and the drink, they would not be wild.

It all gets back to the same problem, doesn't it?

How come no one has invited me to go swine hunting?

What do they do with these little piggies after they catch them? Could we feed them to the people at the Homeless Shelter after they have been tested and seen to be disease free? I mean the pigs, not the homeless people.

It is all Steffes fault. He thinks we are prejudiced against pigs. It is not so, it is just the problem that these wild pigs cause by running amuck.

Goodness, I am so bored this evening!

Ronda Miller 6 years, 10 months ago

I remember that article and pix as well, multidiscipliary. A piggy such as that could really do some damage to crops, pet, person.

Where is that child now when we need him?

riverdrifter 6 years, 10 months ago

Warmer: That pic is a fine photoshop phoney. Here is the bonafied hogzilla:

http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/h/hogzilla.htm

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