feral swine

I received a letter recently from the USDA that told me of an effort in the (very large) area in and around my woods to eliminate feral swine. I’d known they have been a problem in Missouri for a long time, but I’d never seen any sign of them in my woods (not, apparently, that I would necessarily recognize the signs it turns out), so I didn’t think I had anything to worry about.

But the letter talked about a systematic effort among a number of state and federal agencies and sought land owner cooperation.

I sent an email to the man who signed the letter — a name I recognized from years ago when he visited my woods to consult about maybe building a dam — saying I was happy to participate but didn’t think I had a problem. I didn’t expect any response since my acreage is comparatively small.

He wrote back almost instantly to thank me and ask permission to “walk the woods” to look for sign. (I love the expression “walk the woods” since it is exactly what one does.) He also said that the evidence of invasive feral hogs could be subtle. I told him he could visit at any time, though I don’t know when this will be or if I’ll get any kind of report after he does.

The original letter goes on to say that feral swine are “dealt with” generally through baiting and live trapping but “other options” are available “in certain cases” and “when appropriate.” Perhaps it involves sausages.

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Did you know a herd of wild pigs is called a sounder?

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The photo above is one I captured along the Indian Creek Trail I ride (when the weather allows). Maybe this could be a solution to the feral swine matter.

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2 Comments on “feral swine”


  1. What is electrified grass?

  2. Paul Lamb Says:

    Maybe something like “spring guns and man traps” (from Redburn by Melville). Actually, I suspect it’s more a kind way of saying keep out.


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