Big Bend Conservancy
Pig problems Anyone who hunts, owns rural land, spends time afield or otherwise gets off the concrete in Texas knows the state's feral hog population has exploded over the past couple of decades.And everyone, it seems, has a story or three about the damage these wild swine are doing to land, crops, equipment, wildlife, livestock and just about anything else the pigs can get to.Once seen as a minor nuisance in the isolated areas in which they lived, feral hogs are, today, a statewide problem. According to experts on Texas feral hogs, only a handful of counties in the Panhandle and another handful farther south, in the desert country between Odessa and El Paso are "pig free."Even the Big Bend country has been invaded by feral hogs.While researching an article on Texas' feral hogs, I came across an interesting factoid illustrating just how much the problem of dealing with the destructive hogs has grown.The Texas Wildlife Damage Management Service is a government/private program that, as part of its mission, assists landowners in addressing "negative impacts" of wildlife.These days, the modestly-staffed TWDMS gets a lot of requests for help in "removing" feral hogs. Too many, really."With hogs, about all we can offer is to try putting out the small fires," said Randy Smith of TWDMS's San Antonio office.The Service's records on hog "removal" reflect the escalation of the pig population and the problems that come with them.In 1982, TWDMS staff, at the request of landowners, removed a total of 66 feral hogs.Jump ahead 18 years. In 2000, agency staff trapped, shot or otherwise removed 4,600 feral hogs - about 70 times as many as in 1982.And the numbers just kept climbing.During 2005, Smith said, the wildlife damage folks removed a staggering 14,600 feral hogs from Texas lands.Today, TWDMS staff often take more feral hogs off one piece of land in Texas in one day than they removed from the whole state in a year back in the 1980s.Posted by Shannon Tompkins at December 26, 2006 04:57 PM
Even the Big Bend country has been invaded by feral hogs.
Quote from: "SHANEA"Even the Big Bend country has been invaded by feral hogs.when i first heard of this last summer, I was actually shocked. I had no idea this was the case. Apparently the problem is quite big but, so far, it's confined to the northern part of the park. The real concern is if/when they hit the Chisos.
This small Pet , yeah right :!: , was caught in Zapata,Tx. very near Carizo Springs,Tx. I am not sure if this is a record holder or how much it weighted , but these beasts , at the rate they are growing wouldn't surprise a bit if we hear in the future of attacks to people. I don't care :!: ...It looks yummy to me... :twisted: , I could just savore it in beefy tamales :!:
That looks like something you'd see on snopes.http://www.snopes.com
Saw my first nutria
Nutria for Human Consumption
WHAT IS IT LIKE?Nutria meat is very similar to rabbit meat and tastes like dark turkey meat.
Quote from: "SHANEA"That looks like something you'd see on snopes.http://www.snopes.comLike the original Hogzilla and another Big Hog.
Quote from: "Roy"Saw my first nutriaOnly in Louisiana...QuoteNutria for Human Consumption I don't know if this is a "joke" site or not. I'm very skeptical of such things. It touts to be a site of the "The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries", but it is not a .gov site. QuoteWHAT IS IT LIKE?Nutria meat is very similar to rabbit meat and tastes like dark turkey meat.
What's on the menu tonight Chefbeemer?http://www.nutria.com/site9.phpHow about some Nutri chili?http://www.nutria.com/site14.phphttp://www.nutria.com/site.php
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