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Posted: Monday, March 18, 2013 8:04 pm | Updated: 9:15 am, Tue Mar 19, 2013.

ALBUQUERQUE — Using the cover of darkness, feral pigs have learned to outsmart even the most seasoned hunters as they set about on their nightly terrors, rooting up crops and suburban gardens, harassing native wildlife and turning watering holes into pigsties.

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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5 comments:

  • Pierce Knolls posted at 12:35 pm on Tue, Mar 19, 2013.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1662

    The dreaded AR-15 is an excellent weapon for hunting these feral pigs.

     
  • GP Herbert posted at 11:41 am on Tue, Mar 19, 2013.

    GP Herbert Posts: 46

    So the USDA thinks the pigs are smarter than themselves? No wonder the pigs are winning. And what is wrong with the word eradication? I don't think the federal government is up to solving this problem. A bounty program run by some agency may be their best contribution. Sport hunting with guns would seem the best solution.

     
  • Steve Harbour posted at 11:27 am on Tue, Mar 19, 2013.

    EngineerSteve Posts: 10

    Call on the Baconator to solve all your pork problems

     
  • Jimmy Green posted at 11:00 am on Tue, Mar 19, 2013.

    Evil_J Posts: 145

    Hunters wold stalk these things for the meat... no need to waste tax payer money studying how to do it. the fact is that Texas hunters have a better handle on the problem there then federal wildlife...

    Also: coyotes are a problem too. both kinds.

     
  • Lance Peeples posted at 9:19 am on Tue, Mar 19, 2013.

    Lance Peeples Posts: 10

    Instead of gun shops sponsoring coyote-killing contests, they should encourage both hunters and coyotes to target the feral pigs.

    "What do coyotes eat?
    Coyotes are opportunistic, generalist feeders. They have been known to feed on
    rodents, rabbits, lizards, snakes, insects, white-tailed deer fawns, small wild pigs,
    grasses, fruit (watermelon, persimmons and wild berries), grains, fish and carrion."

    http://www.charlottecountyfl.com/Animal/CoyotesFeralSwinePDFs/CoyoteFAQs.pdf

     
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