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Big Bend National Park Given Go-Ahead To Remove Non-Native WildlifeBy NPT Staff on June 26th, 2018While they realize they won't remove all exotic wildlife from the park, Big Bend National Park staff have been given permission to move ahead with a plan to remove as many feral hogs and Aoudad sheep as possible.Staff will use by live-trapping and lethal means to reduce the populations of the two species that have moved into Big Bend from the surrounding landscape.Aoudad have been in the park for the past three decades, and have increased significantly in recent years. Estimates suggest 200 to 400 Aoudads now inhabit the park. Aoudads are major competitors to native desert bighorn sheep. Feral hogs are present in low numbers in the park’s northern extremity, and are expected to invade the heavily vegetated, 113-mile Rio Grande corridor in coming years. Additionally, the park wishes to prevent feral hogs from invading the Chisos Mountains, a small range within the park that contains rare montane woodlands and hosts endangered, rare and isolated native species.According to staff estimates, upwards of 75 percent of the non-native animals can be removed from the park. This in turn means that about 157,000 pounds of vegetation will be eaten each year by the two populations, "instead of the currently estimated 628,000 pounds."“These invasive animals threaten the native plants and animals the park is mandated to protect,” said Big Bend's acting Superintendent, Tom Forsyth. “This plan provides the framework to manage them, while minimizing the effects on park visitors. This plan will aid park management as we steward these resources for future generations.”
Staff will use by live-trapping and lethal means
Some of the counties here in central Texas were offering bounties for bringing in proof of a wild hog kill as a way to control them.http://www.feralhogtaskforce.com/hays.html
I'm a lifetime member of PETA. People Eating Tasty AnimalsWe have a group of Axis deer in the area. I think they know they are safe in our neighborhood, because we aren't allowed to hunt. But on the other side of the fence is an 1800 acre ranch that is hunted on year round.
Bow hunting is quiet (so are suppressors but that's a whole new expense level). Axis is very tasty.
Silly as I am, I see an easy, effective, and cost-effective method for reducing hog and sheep numbers. Some people do this for fun. They are called hunters.Designate hunting areas.Develop some kind of application lottery (it is done on federal lands everywhere). Some include fees.Turn the hunters loose for one year.Evaluate results.
Unless it finally changed, Grand Teton NP has Elk Hunts every year. I think it's the only NP that allows hunting.
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