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Petition filed by Texas Hog Hunters Association and other interested parties prompts manufacturer to withdraw the product from the Texas markets.
For the manufacturer of the pig poison sold under the trade name Kaput Feral Hog Bait, it seemed an endless source of easy income. Produce a wild pig poison based on blood-thinners and sell it to states with large feral pig populations. But then there is the Texas Hog Hunters Association.
With EPA approval and the readiness of at least one county to permit the use of this dangerous poison for wild hog control, everything appeared to go the manufacturer’s way.
Until Texan hog hunters and environmental groups began to oppose the use of the poison. And for good reason. I pointed to the dangers associated with this indiscriminating poison in the wild in an earlier article in the California Hunting Post.
The poison used in Kaput Feral Hog Bait is the most commonly prescribed blood thinner for humans. The trade names are Coumadin or Warfarin. If you ever had to take blood-thinners, you know the routine.
It involved regular visits to the nearest hospital to check how thin your blood is. If it is too thin, you risk bleeding to death internally for now reason. Coumadin or the generic Warfarin is a very dangerous drug.
No wonder it is also used in rat poison.
it is reckless and almost criminal to unleash such a dangerous poison into the wild where it is uncontrollable after distribution. The Manufacturer, Scimetrics, claimed, of course, that it is safe to distribute through special feeders that can only be triggered by feral pigs. They played down the danger of the poison getting into the general food chain from the carcasses of poisoned wild hogs.
And from there, most importantly and dangerously into the human food chain.
The Texas Hog Hunter Association consequently circulated a petition for the withdrawal of the hog poison from Texas. Attorney Herring filed a restraining order to stop implementation of the wild hog poisoning program. The Texas Hog Hunters Associations and the Environmental Defense Fund supported him.
Thankfully, the manufacturer saw the bad omens on the horizon and withdrew their Texas registration. Besides the Texas Hog Hunter Association, we have to thank a Texan bear. A wildlife camera recorded the bear ripping into the ‘safe’ poison bait feeder. According to the manufacturer, only feral pigs can get access to the feeders.
So much for poison bait dispensers that only wild hogs can reach.
Has any carrier politician or government agent in charge of protecting wildlife ever considered that feral hogs are not exactly neat eaters. On the contrary, they spill and drag indiscriminately food all over the place. It is an environmental catastrophe waiting to happen.
Cooler heads prevail
For the time being, cooler heads and commercial interests keep the upper hand. A large Texan slaughterhouse and meat processor that sells wild hog meat to other commercial consumers joined the fight. They process about 5,000 wild hogs every month. The sell cheap cuts as dog food and offer better cuts to consumers. But how many consumers and commercial enterprises are lining up to buy poisonous feral pig meat?
Not many, I guess. Who wants to be responsible for selling poisoned boar meat after all.
For now, we have to thank the Texas Hog Hunters Association and its allies. Keep up the good fight. There is still legislation pending in the Texan senate that could revive this asinine plan of poisoning wild hogs.