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Discussion in 'Feral Pig Control and Hunting' started by hockeydave, Jan 6, 2018.
They were giving a big female potbelly mix away for free AND .... IF...IF...IF they could find it a big male came with the deal too. It seems it has a habit of running off. Neither pig looked much like a potbelly to me....maybe a mixed potbelly breed, but they were both big and black. They looked rather yummy actually.
Once I get a limit of big foots and a couple of unicorns I bag a few wild hogs from the tree tops.
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Im sure there are a few still out there. Notice in the second picture, center back, with the radio collar? Im sure the DNR still knows where they are at...
I'm not seeing a collar. These photos were from free-range pigs in Michigan ? What county ? Photo from Dec. 2015. How many did the landowner kill ?
L & O
Look hard, you'll see a band going vertical around the body. This was confirmed by DNR. State land, midland county. I only know of two being killed out here, but im sure there were more I never heard of.
Edit: adding another picture
DNR officer told us they were part of a program to track movements..
"As part of Department efforts to eliminate feral swine, the Department has partnered with the United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Wildlife Services "USDA-WS" and two Michigan Universities to radio-collar, research, and lethally remove feral swine. The research is providing invaluable information about feral swine daily and seasonal movements, and responses to USDA-WS's lethal removal activities. Because of their social nature, radio-collared feral swine are also used to lead USDA-WS to un-collared animals which are then lethally removed. Typically, for every feral swine collared, two to three other animals are killed. Since the research project began in 2014, the Department and USDAWS have removed 19 feral swine and collared 8. Because of the increasing population of feral swine in Arenac, Bay, Gladwin, Midland and Ogemaw counties, research and removal efforts are currently focused in this area."
Hopefully the collared animals have been rendered unproductive. No sense adding more to the "herd"...
This is interesting, you would think the DNR would offer where hogs are to eradicate, ethnic cleansing, Are these hogs concentrated mostly in certain areas of state?
I believe they have maps out where there are higher concentrations. With some searching you should be able to find that, along with areas and kill counts to get a better idea of where they are concentrated. But other than giving out what counties to look in, i've never heard specifics.
I read the report on the DNR site, looks like a few of the capture hogs were collared and released right away. Others killed. The hope is that the collared pigs will lead them to another sounder.
About 450 hogs reported killed over the past 17 years in Michigan. Some would be what we call wild hogs, some domestic pigs escaped from a farm or a kids 4H project.
Very few in the past 6 years.
L & O
I know one man who killed two in Hillsdale County, over a weeks span, about 2 or 3 years ago.
An interesting article you have about the eliminating of some and the tracker collars that the Department is attempting to get a better handle on.
I wonder if they really know what the population has grown too?
I'm surprised they wouldn't sterilize the ones with collars, thus reducing additional piglets.