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Old 04-30-2011, 05:32 PM   #1
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Hogs in ADKs

Found this thread in another forum. Hope it isn't true YET.

http://www.go2gbo.com/forums/index.p...,232653.0.html
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Old 04-30-2011, 08:10 PM   #2
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I’ve backpacked every Spring for the past ten years in The Cohutta Wilderness area. It is located on the TN GA border – Southern extent of the Appalachian Mts. There is definitely a feral pig problem down there. They are nocturnal and very elusive but, you see every day the damage they do to the forest floor – torn up roots and other forest plant damage.
A ranger told me they can be pretty aggressive, but if they come at you just get a couple feet ff the ground as quick as possible

I think “eradicate” is a good word, we sure don’t want this evasive species in the Adirondacks.
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Old 04-30-2011, 08:59 PM   #3
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All the more reason to reintroduce an extirpated apex predator. That's why the adks, and most of the Eastern US in general, is so susceptible to these invasive species. Even native species like deer populations get out of hand.
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Old 05-01-2011, 08:23 AM   #4
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From Wiikipedeia:
"Introduced wild boars in North America have predators such as the Grizzly bear, Black bear, Gray wolf, Red wolf, coyote, cougars, Canadian lynx and bobcat".

So there are already a few in place, but predators in other areas have not kept the feral pig populations in check.
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Old 05-01-2011, 09:23 AM   #5
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All the more reason to reintroduce an extirpated apex predator.
It's been proposed for southern GA, partly for the same reason,

http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/n...2-10-2011.html

When the deer population was nearly wiped out in southern Florida, it's believed that panthers survived the bottleneck by preying on hogs.
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Old 05-01-2011, 10:07 AM   #6
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That's why the adks, and most of the Eastern US in general, is so susceptible to these invasive species. Even native species like deer populations get out of hand.
The Cougar Rewilding Foundation's (formerly the Eastern Cougar Foundation) response to the USFWS's announcement of the eastern cougar's extinction,

http://easterncougar.org/CougarNews/?p=3284

There's a follow-up story in the hard-copy issue of the current Adirondack Explorer,

http://www.adirondackexplorer.org/ishues/contents.php
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Old 05-01-2011, 12:05 PM   #7
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Anybody heard of Hogtown, that is how it gots its name.....just saying
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Old 05-01-2011, 01:14 PM   #8
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If it is to be believed that the Adirondack coyote is really decimating deer populations - and I know this is very much in doubt - but if it were true, would they be a candidate to keep hogs in check?
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Old 05-01-2011, 07:14 PM   #9
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I was in the Auburn/ Skaneateles area Easter weekend and the people we stayed with said they have been hearing hogs at night quite often. I love pork but I sure don't want to see the critters in NY.

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Old 05-01-2011, 07:17 PM   #10
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I would think Coyotes would be happy to pick off piglets when the opportunity presents itself. Full grown hog I don't know. They are usually in groups right? I wonder if they have a herd protective mentality to fight off attacks like that. Yotes hunt in small groups too. I bet they will adapt quite quickly to the new food source. I think the problem will be that pigs are prolific breaders and the yotes will not be able to keep up.

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Old 05-01-2011, 07:57 PM   #11
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I think we need a $2 bounty on each feral hog. Bring in a right ear, get your money.
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Old 05-01-2011, 07:58 PM   #12
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Come to think of it, the bounty will have to be much higher to cover the cost of ammo, lodging, and gas.
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Hey, I'm not turning in my pig ears, they make good doggie chews. LOL

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Old 05-02-2011, 09:11 AM   #14
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I think we need a $2 bounty on each feral hog. Bring in a right ear, get your money.
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Come to think of it, the bounty will have to be much higher to cover the cost of ammo, lodging, and gas.
Bring me some ibs and pork chops and I'll pay the bounty!!

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Old 05-02-2011, 03:11 PM   #15
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I know it sucks that they're here, but I'm looking at it as a hunting opportunity - then pig roast time!!
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