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- USDA-APHIS declares war on national wild hog problem
- Hog traps
- Funds available
The first-ever federally authorized feral swine management and control project includes the participation of local, state and federal agencies.
While feral swine populations thrived and grew rapidly over the last decade, wildlife officials now believe appropriate control efforts can help maintain the balance, and the faster the response the better the result. In fact, rapid deployment of the initiative should be expected. Congress authorized $20 million in support of feral swine control and management, but four months into the year APHIS is just now seeing the funds roll out.
"So we will be hitting the road running in the very near future. But it will have to be done with close cooperation among state agencies and federal agency officials in those states because this is a very large initiative; no agency alone can deal with this problem. It's too big."
While the $20 million funding from Congress ends in September, Clay says APHIS is confident that lawmakers are now adequately aware of the seriousness of the feral swine problem and believes they are committed to providing continued multi-year support.
"A problem this big isn't going to go away in a year or two. Going into this we remain hopeful we can eradicate feral swine populations in those states where the problem hasn't become deeply rooted already, and we can further help to reduce and manage damages in sensitive areas in states where population levels are already critical, but it won't happen overnight."