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Oregon Officials Hope to Eradicate Wild Pigs

 

Washington state is monitoring the wild pig populations in Oregon, where the fish and wildlife department has ordered farmers to determine the size of the destructive pig populations on their land and get rid of them.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Washington state is monitoring the wild pig populations in Oregon, where the fish and wildlife department has ordered farmers to determine the size of the destructive pig populations on their land and get rid of them.

The Oregon fish and wildlife department knows feral pigs are a problem. As an invasive species, they threaten crops and cause headaches for farmers.

The state doesn't yet know how big of a problem. That's because most feral pigs in the state live in the low-precipitation private land. But they're inching closer to the high-value crop land, and neighboring states in the Pacific Northwest are worried.

Feral pigs, like most problems in Oregon, get blamed on California. The pigs are game mammals in the state, meaning hunters have to get tags to shoot them. In the meantime, they root up cropland, destroy hillsides and generally wreak havoc on the environment.

A bill passed last year in Oregon requires landowners to trap or shoot any feral swine known to roam their land, or at a minimum allow someone else to shoot or trap it.

"Whether or not we'll be successful really depends on private landowners," said Keith Kohl of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. "They are on private land and we can't do it without the landowners' cooperation."

The hairy pigs are native to Europe but have spread to every continent except Antarctica, usually introduced by humans.

The pigs prefer to forage in areas around rivers or streams and can hinder timber growth, tear up irrigated fields, damage white oak stands and erode stream banks. Though mostly vegetarian, they will eat about anything, even small mammals, such as fawns or ewes.

Kohl said feral pigs make it to Oregon in three ways: migration, escapes from exotic-animal ranches and hunters, who set them loose to shoot for sport.

Before the changes in the Legislature, some Oregon ranchers charged money to let people hunt them on their land.

Wendy Brown, executive coordinator of the Washington Invasive Species Council, told The Capital Press there probably isn't a feral swine population in Washington. But the state is concerned about the possible arrival of the pigs from California, Idaho and Oregon.

"The environmental impacts of feral swine are enormous,'' she told the publication. "The impacts to the agriculture industry are potentially really big as well.''

A group of between 50 and 100 feral pigs in southwestern Idaho was culled to 20 through surveillance and tracking in the area, and Oregon hopes to duplicate that success.

Biologists have been warning lawmakers for years that the wild pig populations can expand quickly and with little notice, endangering many Oregon agricultural moneymakers, from timber to wine and alfalfa.

In 2001, the state classified feral pigs as predators and wildlife animals. That made it illegal to let them run loose and legal for people to kill them on their property as a nuisance without a permit.

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   I raised hogs for a few yrs.  NO DOUBTS they are distructive and will eat anything.
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They won't eat cucumbers...
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  Don't you believe it.  Ours,when turned loose in the garden,ate like hogs.  Had a problem once with ours climbing out of the pen. An old hog farmer I knew told me they were missing something in their diet and to throw some chunks of coal in with them.  Problem solved.
 
  "Pigs will eat anything, including cucumbers, insists veterinarian Dr. Meredith Campbell, president of the Colorado Pot-Bellied Pig Association. ``If your pig won't eat cucumbers, it's because it just prefers to eat apples, strawberries and bananas,'' she says. ``But they'll eat cucumbers if they get hungry enough. They'll eat anything.''
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I've watched them eat everything, leaving cucumbers in a pile.  Tame and feral hogs...  perhaps if they are HUNGRY they'll eat them... I've never starved any to find out.
 
Humans are pretty muich like that too, as are dogs, cats, etc.  Survival is a strong "instinct". 
So I'll modify, hogs won't voluntarily eat cucumbers and I know it for a fact because I've tested it...
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I won't eat cucumbers either. Oink, oink.
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The REASON I tested it... I had a good friend growing up, he passed away a couple of years ago, who would never eat cucumbers... always said "I won't eat anything the hogs won't eat"... so we tried it out.  His hogs and hogs in the wild I've thown cucumbers out to with corn, piled them up and left them.  Perhaps they were too well fed, but they didn't feel a need to eat them. 
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They do terrible things to my intestinal tract.
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Originally posted by BeltFed BeltFed wrote:

They do terrible things to my intestinal tract.
 
Wild Pigs???
 
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Them too.
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An old guy I used to know said when he was a kid, he'd go out riding in a big corral where they kept their hogs. He was told never to dismount the horse and saw on a number of occasions hogs devouring rattlesnakes. Even getting bitten didn't faze them.
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That is true... they actually LIKE rattlesnake... 
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I was thinking about that last night. I bet the snake population is taking a beating with all those wild hogs around. Not really a bad thing IMHO.
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You know, we should offer the "Killtacula" services to Oregon.. 

They provide a place to stay... we will eliminate their hog problem and donate most of the meat to "Hunters for the Hungry"...
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I LIKE that idea, Dan!
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Originally posted by Kickboxer Kickboxer wrote:

I've watched them eat everything, leaving cucumbers in a pile.  Tame and feral hogs...  perhaps if they are HUNGRY they'll eat them... I've never starved any to find out.
 
Humans are pretty muich like that too, as are dogs, cats, etc.  Survival is a strong "instinct". 
So I'll modify, hogs won't voluntarily eat cucumbers and I know it for a fact because I've tested it...
 
  Appalachian hogs.  Big Grin
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Originally posted by Kickboxer Kickboxer wrote:

That is true... they actually LIKE rattlesnake... 
 
 Hogs got GOOD taste!
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They like humans, too...
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We're the third white meat...... long pork!

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So, are you guys saying that the Annual Hog Killtacula should be a roaming event held in a different place every year?

ILya
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I like that Idea ILya!  maybe we could get a few of teh farmer/hunters that are members here to contact their area farm co-ops and offer them our extermination services.  Any body got a better idea for cheaply spreading the word we're available??? 
 
I bet if it is presented in a professional manner several would be interested!
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Originally posted by koshkin koshkin wrote:

So, are you guys saying that the Annual Hog Killtacula should be a roaming event held in a different place every year?

ILya


Yes, great idea!


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Originally posted by Kickboxer Kickboxer wrote:

You know, we should offer the "Killtacula" services to Oregon.. 

They provide a place to stay... we will eliminate their hog problem and donate most of the meat to "Hunters for the Hungry"...


Easy drive for me!!!  Big Smile
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