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8-1 SS Feral Pigs
by David Sparks, Ph.D., click here for bio
Program: Sportsman's Spotlight
Date: August 01, 12
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The intersection between our fine government, a reach out program to control feral pigs, telemarketers and a working solution.
A week or 2 ago I did a story on a friend of mine who went on a hog hunt. It was down south where feral pigs interbreed with wild boars and are running amok. They prey on all kinds of animals, they dig up and devastate agriculture and are generally a source of great concern. Well articles in Idaho newspapers and Ogden newspapers as well as hotlines on fish and game websites are pointing our attention to these animals. The question becomes, can you hunt them, how many can you take, what are the rules and so on. I have been hog hunting and had great fun doing that. I know that in the deep South hog hunting is considered great sport. So on the Oregon Fish and game website, I saw an 800 number that was a feral pig hotline. It said, Call if you have seen a feral pig and we’ll give you all the rules. It just so happens I had seen one out in the foothills behind my house. Call me a fool. I figure I’ll get somebody from Fish and Game who has some level of expertise. Listen to the conversation. “Were you collaring to report a sighting? Yes I am calling to report a sighting. Oh okay, just one moment. What does that mean? Well I can take your information because you have actually reached the national call center. May I have your 1st and last name please?” So I give her my name address etc. but a couple of questions I found interesting. “Okay am going to read off several items. Please provide as much observation information as you can. What was the number of live swine observed? One. Thank you and what was the number of uhhh swine car casses? Number of swine what? Number of swine car casses. It was alive. Ohhh. OK.” She was trying to do her job. Seems like a nice person. But it got worse.
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