New method on its way to kill wild hogs
POSTED: Monday, June 23, 2014 - 5:54pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 12:37pm
OVERTON, TEXAS (KETK) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is testing a poison-like method to control the feral hog population. We're told by far it's the best way to eliminate these pesky animals.
The USDA is using a preservative to cure bacon. Scientist have found this may be a way to kill off wild hogs. Right now it's being used in Australia and New Zealand.
Experts say that it's exactly what we need in the U.S. Instead of hunting and trapping feral hogs-biologists have a solution.
The USDA is testing sodium nitrite to control the feral hog population. Biologists with the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection service also known as APHIS tell us sodium nitrite is broken down into a food-based pallet, a grain-based texture.
"We are teaming up with colleagues from Australia and New Zealand to use sodium nirite which is common food additive in bacon, it's a preservative and in high concentrations swines can be very sensitive to it," said Kurt Vercauteren, Research Wildlife Biologist with the USDA, APHIS.
The capsule is hidden in feeders. A specialist with Texas A&M Agrilife Extension service says a method like this needed to control these wild pigs.
"Anytime we can get a new tool in the hands of Texas landowners that have property being damaged by wild pigs is a plus,' said Billy Higginbotham, Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service in Overton.
He says we are losing the war on wild pigs and need to be removing two-thirds of the population just to hold the numbers stable. "Currently we are removing about a third of the population."
Higginbotham addds"And through research using sodium nitrite as a potential toxicant it allows us to perhaps remove addition pigs that we could not be removing by the other legal control methods we have available to us at this time."
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