Boar In The News – October 2011
In October wild boar managed to stay in the news again as the selection below of some of the more noteworthy reports shows.
Mexico to cull 50,000 wild boars from US invasion
The Ministry of Environment in Chihauha state said some 1,500 hectares (3,700 acres) of farmland in the border town of Ojinaga have been affected by the large number of feral pigs that have come from Presidio County, Texas.
“We must get rid of these European wild boars because they sleep overnight on US soil during the day and cross over to the Mexican side to feed,” Ignacio Legarreta, a state official, told local media.”
It appears that it is particularly offensive to officials that
“”They have reproduced to reach more than 50,000 animals that threaten the area,” said Legarreta.
The authorities intend to use cages with food inside to trap the animals. (Yahoo News UK & Ireland, 11/10/2011)
Meanwhile Bulgarian hunters have encountered a more isolated problem albeit with far more serious consequences.
Bulgarian Hunter Kills Colleague during Wild Boar Hunt
Wild boar feast: Five die
They feasted on a wild boar on September seven in village Pabo following which they developed high fever and joint pains.
The patients were admitted to Pauri district hospital for treatment, Pauri Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr L K Gosain said.
When their condition deteriorated, their family members rushed them to hospitals in Dehra Dun and in New Delhi, he said.
The five died between October 10 and 12,” Gosain said. (MSN.comIndiaNews 10/15/2011)
Wild pigs, sheep on remote island in the Great Salt Lake could bring disease to other animal populations
Yet, for the past year-and-a-half, little has been done about it.
The pigs on Fremont Island appear to be Russian boars, which are not only illegal in Utah, but can carry disease. It is unknown how they arrived, or what species they actually are, but one was spotted early last year roaming the Antelope Island causeway.
“In the act of trying to capture it, it drowned and the animal died,” said Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Sgt. Mitch Lane.
He said it was apparent that the pig came from Fremont Island, where a private hunting ranch is currently in operation, boasting various animals such as unusual wild sheep, some cattle and more than a dozen pigs.
“By all appearances, it looked like this could have been one,” Lane said, adding that the pigs had long, brown hair and large tusks that were visible from agency helicopters hovering over the island’s highest peak, Castle Rock.
The biggest concern officials have, however, isn’t where the animals came from or whether the animals are licensed to be there, but that both the sheep and pigs could spread disease or interbreed with other wild animal populations living on Antelope Island.
“It scares me to think of a feral pig population becoming a challenge in Utah like it is in so many other states,” said Bruce L. King, state veterinarian and director of Utah’s animal industry. “Not only because of the property damage and the crop damage they do, but if you get disease in that feral population, it’s almost impossible to control.”
If it were up to him, King said he’d ban all domestic swine hunting in Utah because of how great the threat that disease infestation is.
“If they can get off of Fremont Island to the causeway, they can sure get off to the mainland,” he said.
In recent years, the desert island has been rented by father and son duo, Dean and Justin Barrow, for use of their private hunting ranch, Barrow Land and Livestock. The two had originally set out to stock the island with buffalo and other wild animals, offer guided hunting excursions and charge between $1,000 and $10,000 per kill.
One such hunter, Outdoor Life hunting editor Andrew McKean, said he participated in a tour on Fremont Island in March 2010, where he bagged a wild boar, among other prohibited species in the state of Utah.
The hogs are tearing up the grass along a number of holes on the golf course at the Suntree Country Club near North Wickham Road.
Residents say they spotted one boar that appeared to be 300 lbs. with two and a half inch cutters, which are like small tusks.
“They are razor sharp,” said wildlife trapper James Dean, about the boars.
Dean said that there are at least six boars left in the area.
“They are coming into the backyards on the golf courses and rutting up the ground, and I mean tearing it up with their snout to get grubworms, insects, snakes,” said James Dean, a wildlife trapper.
Ed Mangold lives on the eighth hole where the hogs made another mess.
“It looked like about a two foot deep by eight foot by eight foot swimming pool,” said Mangold.
Mangold had golf course staff fill in the hole.
“They just get down with their tusks and keep going and going and going,” Dean explained.
The wild weather from early October flooded the nearby woods where the boars live. Dean says the animals are seeking higher and dryer ground on the golf course.
He uses dogs to track the boars and sets traps to catch them.
Wild Boar . . . in Tampines?
Of course, another possible scenario is that someone smuggled in a pet boar and allowed it to run loose. We may never know for sure.(http://lazy-lizard-tales.blogspot.com/2011/10/wild-boar-in-tampines.html:10/19/2011)
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