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Why Feral Hogs Should Be Managed

Gabriella Hoffman
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A startling report out of Texas revealed a 59-year-old woman was attacked and killed by a pack of feral hogs yesterday.

The attack took place early morning and the victim had noticeable marks pointing to the cause of death. More on the story:

Christine Rollins, a 59-year old caregiver to an elderly couple in Anahuac, failed to show up at her normal time on Sunday, the sheriff’s office said. The 84-year-old homeowner found her lying in the front yard between her car and the house.

Christine Rollins, 59, from Liberty Texas.Sheriff Brian Hawthorne said in a news conference Monday that “multiple hogs” assaulted Rollins when she arrived at work, likely between 6 and 6:30 a.m., when it was still dark outside.”In my 35 years, I will tell you it’s one of the worst things I’ve ever seen,” Hawthorne told reporters.

Texas is one of many states to be plagued by a pig problem, but wildlife officials note attacks leading to death are rare.

Damage from wild hogs is estimated to cost $1.5B/year, as of April 2016. Insane.

Back in August, I noted this problem here:

Feral hogs are highly invasive. Six million can be found across the majority of states, according to the Washington Post. In Texas, this wild pig problem is greatly evident. They pose a serious problem to crops and farming land, causing chaos and destruction wherever these voracious creatures inhabit.

And argued why landowners—along with hunters—can help cull this problem. Here are some steps being taken to do that:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture also tweeted about their newly-unveiled Feral Swine Eradication and Control Pilot Program (FSCP)—a joint effort between the agency’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).

Here’s more on the USDA’s pilot program:

NRCS will direct up to $33.75 million of the allocated FSCP funds toward partnership efforts to work with landowners in identified pilot projects in targeted areas. Applications are being accepted through Aug. 19, 2019…Pilot projects will consist broadly of three coordinated components: 1) feral swine removal by APHIS; 2) restoration efforts supported by NRCS; and 3) assistance to producers for feral swine control provided through partnership agreements with non-federal partners. Projects can be one to three years in duration.

The pilot program was unveiled in June and will offer $75 million in funding aimed at eradicating and control feral hogs throughout the United States. The targeted areas include portions of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas.

It was included in last year’s Farm Bill.

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