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A poison plan for feral hogs?

It could work, though probably not any time soon. A preservative used to cure bacon is being tested as poison for the nation’s estimated 5 million feral hogs. [...] The USDA program that began in April includes $1.5 million for the research center headquartered in Fort Collins, Colorado. Its scientists have made sodium nitrite studies […]

Feral hogs cross the border

You can’t stop them, and hoping to contain them is not looking so likely, too. If nothing else, the voracious wild hogs that years ago destroyed the lucrative melon and cantaloupe harvests in this isolated border city — and are now ruining the alfalfa, corn and oat crops — have discriminating tastes. “They like vanilla. […]

Eat ‘em all up

It sure would be nice to think that we could solve our invasive species problems by eating them all, but we probably can’t. It seems like a simple proposition: American lakes, rivers and offshore waters are filling up with destructive fish and crustaceans originally from other parts of the world, many of them potential sources […]

The feral hogs of Montgomery County

Because three blog posts about feral hogs are better than two. Feral hogs – which some find more pesky than mosquitoes and more invasive than fire ants – are alive and well in Montgomery County. Officials in The Woodlands say that there have been no recent sightings of wild pigs in neighborhoods – but in […]

Friedman for feral hogs

As the man once said, Why the hell not? As meat prices rise, a candidate for agriculture commissioner is proposing beefing up the state’s program to harvest and market wild hog meat in a way he says will create jobs and revenue for Texas. Kinky Friedman, a Democrat running for the statewide office, said feral […]

Radack finally gets to implement his feral hog plan

I can’t wait to see how well this works out. Locally sourced pork finally may be on the menu for needy Houston-area families as Harris County Precinct 3 launches its most ambitious effort yet to eradicate feral hogs damaging parkland and neighborhoods around the Barker and Addicks reservoirs. Within a month, precinct employees hope to […]

The feral hogs of Kingwood

They’re everywhere. Kingwood communities that are battling feral hogs could be in it for the long haul, experts say. The huge, fearless cousins of domestic pigs have been roaming through the affluent northern suburb for at least a month, said Keith Crenshaw, urban biologist with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. He’s talked on the phone […]

The hogs keep winning

Same old story. More than two decades into Texas’ ever escalating war against feral hogs, the wild swine continue gaining ground while Texas and the state’s native wildlife, plants and ecosystems lose it. Despite taking millions of casualties – an estimated 750,000-plus feral hogs have been killed each of the past few years in Texas […]

We’re exporting feral hogs

You’re welcome, neighboring states. Feral pigs have already taken over Texas and are expanding their numbers in other states, but federal and state land managers think they have a chance to tip the balance in New Mexico. They’re willing to bet $1 million in federal funds on a yearlong pilot project aimed at eradicating the […]

Hog killin’ update

Because I know you like to know about this sort of thing. After a competition to kill feral hogs left more than 1,000 of the destructive animals dead in Hays and Caldwell counties, plans are emerging to further control the population. Both counties participated in the state’s Hog Out County Grants Program, a competition among […]

“Please don’t mow down the wildlife”

As we know, the new 85 MPH toll road is now open, and while it is largely free of traffic, there are other obstacles to watch out for. “That is a known pig route,” said Caldwell County Precinct 1 Constable Victor “Smitty” Terrell, who heard one of the hog-vs.-vehicle crashes on his police radio Wednesday […]

The hogs are winning

So many feral hogs. So much more needed to deal with them. Texas upped the ante in its battle with feral hogs a year ago when it passed a “pork choppers” law that allows recreational shooters to blast wild pigs from low-flying helicopters. The state doesn’t track the number of hogs killed by aerial gunners, […]

More porkchopping, please

Apparently, shooting feral hogs from a helicopter isn’t as popular a pastime as you might think. “Number one, the cost is kind of limiting,” said Steve Lightfoot, a spokesman for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, explaining that interest has “leveled out.” A helicopter shooting trip can cost from $300 to $1,000 per hour, sometimes […]

If you can’t beat ‘em, eat ‘em

Texas Monthly proposes a way to deal with those bothersome invasive species. Keep your invasive species sweet; you may have to eat them. Late last week StateImpact Texasput together a list of the “Top Ten Invasive Species in Texas.” But what’s the best way to trim back their numbers? Helping eliminate invasives by eating them is an idea […]

Let the porkchopping begin!

Are you ready for some death from above? “Pork choppers,” Texas’ newest weapon in the war on feral hogs, will take to the skies Thursday when it [became] legal for hunters to buy seats on hog-hunting helicopters and gun down as many pigs as they can put in their sights. With more than 2 million […]

It’s pork-choppin’ time

At least one Texas industry is looking forward to better times. New legislation aimed at reducing Texas’ massive feral hog population also is expected to put some sizzle in the state’s helicopter services sector and create a new breed of hunter-tourist. The legislation, nicknamed the “pork chopper bill,” will allow hunters to pay landowners and […]

Death from above, Senate version

The Senate has approved the “pork chopper” bill, with some amendments. State Sen. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay, said there are more than 2 million feral hogs across the state. They used to be mostly a problem for rural landowners, but now urban dwellers are dealing with the scourge. “We’re having these hogs come in and […]

Outdoors legislative update

This is about the time of year when Shannon Thompkins, the Chron’s outdoor sports writer, devotes a column to what’s going on in the Legislature with bills that are about outdoor activities. I always look for them because he writes about bills that I may not have heard about. Here’s this year’s effort, which not […]

Death from above, feral hog edition

The Lege takes action on the feral hog problem with a bill that would allow more people to shoot them from helicopters. The Texas House [Monday] gave preliminary approval to House Bill 716. The measure passed 137-9 with no debate. [...] Texas’ estimated one to four million feral hogs cause $400 million in damage a […]

Feral hogs: Still a problem

I’ve always been glad to live in the city because of stuff like this, but maybe it’s not enough any more. Arlington and Dallas are among cities along the Trinity River that also have reported problems with wild hogs that weigh several hundred pounds, [Ag Commissioner Todd] Staples said. Wildlife officials say the hogs are […]

Maybe they should try abstinence-only

Birth control for feral hogs. It’s not as easy as it sounds. There’s a saying that when a feral hog has six piglets, only eight are expected to survive. That’s no joke in Texas, however, where the 400-pound beasts do an estimated $50 million in damage to crops and property each year. Texas has half […]

Hog hell

Shannon Tompkins gives us an update on the feral hog situation. Feral hogs seem to be everywhere. At least they are in Texas, where we are cursed with the nation’s largest population (an estimated 1.5-2 million animals and growing) of the amazingly destructive, prolific and adaptable non-native wild swine. Yes, feral hogs are challenging to […]

No hog hunting

Bummer. Remember the plan Harris County Commissioner Steve Radack floated to allow bowhunting of feral hogs in George Bush Park, both as pest control and boon for the local food banks? The Army Corps of Engineers, which had say-so on this matter since the park was federally created as a flood control measure, put the […]

Them’s good eatin’

Harris County Commissioner Steve Radack has an idea. Harris County Commissioner Steve Radack has a problem with hungry hogs. Houston has a problem with hungry people. If Radack gets his way, hundreds of pounds of pork soon could be hitting the needy’s tables. Radack plans to allow a few select bowhunters to begin targeting the […]