What is in this article?:
- Army trained hog hunters seek eradication.
- Using military training to wage war on feral hogs.
- Innovative trap features remote control operator.
REMOTE CONTROLLED trap gates allow operators to capture the maximum number of wild hogs.
"Attempted eradication using sophisticated technology and the best firearms possible,” is the way he describes his company's primary mission,
In other words, Pinkston and company are doing what most consider an impossible mission — effectively eradicating feral hogs "one farm at a time.
"Over the last seven years we have made great progress in eliminating feral hog problems on farms by utilizing military techniques, high technology and proprietary equipment we have developed,” Pinkston said. “Our mission is very clear and we take that mission very seriously," he told Farm Press. "I was raised on a pig farm and learned at an early age how intelligent and adaptive these creatures can be. They have also learned to be very destructive in the wild when it comes to foraging for food."
Indeed. In Texas alone, where feral swine populations have grown to well over two million, making it the number one state for hog-related problems, officials have estimated feral hogs cause in excess of $52 million in damages to agriculture each year either directly or indirectly. In addition, Texas farmers and ranchers spend an estimated $7 million a year in efforts to control and manage wild hog populations. While those efforts are paying some dividends, wildlife specialists at Texas A&M report hunting and trapping of the creatures in Texas is far from turning the tide on increased growth of wild hog populations or the amount of damage they do each year.