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Porcine Press – Hogs Moving Into Southeast Colorado?

April 30, 2012

I owe Greg, over at the Hunt Wild Pig blog for catching this one.  It showed up on his blog earlier, so I thought I’d share it here.  I haven’t bothered to check my news feeds in a while, and it’s to my chagrin when the new kid on the block beats me to the draw.  But there ya go… the nature of blogging and the Internet.

Anyway…

For those who’ve been following along, feral hogs aren’t new in Colorado, but they’ve been fairly rare.  At one point, there was a law in the state that prohibited anyone from offering wild hog hunts for a fee, or even charging trespass fees to hunt wild hogs, but from the sound of this article from the Rocky Mountain News (published in this case in the Wyoming Trib.com website), there’s some question about who, exactly has jurisdiction over feral pigs.

At any rate, the article is worth a read if for no other reason than the writer is fairly entertaining.  It also presents some sides of the discussion that we don’t get to hear too often, including the folks who oppose the State coming in to eradicate the animals before they can spread.  Check it out.

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3 Responses to “Porcine Press – Hogs Moving Into Southeast Colorado?”

  1. Steve on May 3rd, 2012 06:50

    You’d think with all the effort being put at curtailing the spread of wild hogs that they wouldn’t be spreading as much. Is it time to declare an all out war of wild boar?

  2. Phillip on May 3rd, 2012 10:52

    Some people think it is time to “go to war” with the hogs. The USDA and several state agencies are already drawing up the plans.

    Unfortunately, there are a few factors that make such a war unlikely to succeed. The rapid reproduction rate, the ability to live in almost any environment or climate, and the fact that many hogs are spreading on the “midnight migration” (released by hunters in order to establish huntable populations) make it very difficult to stay ahead of the spread of these animals.

  3. Greg C on May 11th, 2012 10:47

    Phillip, thanks for the mention for my new blog…. although, I will not be able to get to your black belt level of awesomeness! Your outdoor writing is pure, experienced, and entertaining to all your readers.

    Here’s the scoop… I am studying the adaptable climates for wild pig state by state. Wild pigs have been introduced and survived in harsher climates such as the freezing cold of Alaska, and the extreme heat in Nevada. So the fact that they are moving up in Colorado is not a shocker anymore. There are crops, feeders, water, and rich soil for them to thrive in.

    As far as a war on wild pigs, I 100% agree with Phillip, and could’t have stated it better. The war has already begun… We just won’t win.

    “Follow the Water”

    Greg

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