There are 6 hog free states so far….uh wait…make that 5 now.
An article in the Norwich Bulletin by Alison Shea in April 2011, points to a possible feral pig population starting near Thompson HighSchool in North Grossvenordale, CT
Judging by the above photograph, it is apparent that this was once a domesticated hog, turned feral. The hog is fattened up, with a curved snout, short hair, and has “listing” around its hooves. A true wild boar would be lean, with bristled hair, and a straight snout(Eurasian/Russian Boar). Regardless of the way the hog came to be feral, it is just as explosive if it were to have a sow to reproduce.
The article has an interesting solution to the problem, by killing off the grubs that the wild pigs are after. So… Lets just say there may be a huntable population of feral swine in Connecticut real soon, as this is by far an ignorant solution. According to the article, officials hope to catch the feral hogs, and then release worms called Nematodes to eventually kill off the grubs a year later. Wild pigs are omnivores. They will eat anything they get the opportunity to devour. So by cutting off that food source, that leaves them to wander out of the area to look for additional food sources, and really cause havoc.
Those officials could save some time and money by taking a trip down to Texas to see possible solutions that may work. This article is from a year ago, so who knows what happened with this. I have contacted their Fish and Game Department for more info, and will update as soon as possible.
How would you handle this new problem? Would you eliminate the feral hogs, or be for managing them? Is it too late for Connecticut to remain hog free?
Post your thoughts below.
“Follow the Water”
Greg “The Boar Hunter”