Conservation Alert: Feral Hogs Invasion – In The North?
Feral hogs are a problem across the south, right? Well yes, but think again, they are invading….Montana? Conservation managers need your help, as feral pigs are estimated to cause over $1.5 Billion in damage every year across the USA, and that number’s not going down anytime soon.
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What You Need To Know
Issue: Feral pigs are not only invasive throughout the southern USA states, but are also a problem in Canada, and working their way south into Montana. Yes, that’s right, from the Great White North. Due to their rapid reproduction, and heavy damage they wreak on the areas they inhabit (by rooting up the soils and destabilizing the vegetation), natural areas and farms alike are having to content with this invasive problem. See the video below for more information.
Action: First, check with your state’s Fish & Game or Natural Resources department for specific regulations and permits required. In some states, feral hogs are open season all year round. The good news is, they can add a lot of bacon to your freezer – and to your neighbors and give away to charities – so learn how to hunt them. Be certain to check with landowners before you hunt on your land, and be careful around their farm animals (feral hogs often frequent the feeding stations of livestock). If they have a hog problem, they’ll usually welcome you with open arms. Be certain to offer them some of your bounty, and they’ll probably welcome you back time and again.
Safety Hazard: Remember, especially if you haven’t hunted hogs before, they can be very dangerous and turn on you in a moment. Be ready for rapid developments, and if you don’t have a semi-automatic for hunting, consider carrying a handgun as well for defense in close quarters. As always, always be aware of the location of your hunting partners, and avoid letter the confusion of the hunt develop into a safety issue for you and others.
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