June 16th, 2009
Join Date: Jun 2005
My neck of the woods...
N.J. clears feral-pig hunt in southern Gloucester County
by The Associated Press
Thursday December 04, 2008, 4:53 AM
New Jersey wildlife officials are hoping deer hunters can reduce the population of another crop-damaging species in southern New Jersey: feral pigs.
They're allowing deer hunters in an area of southern Gloucester County to also shoot free-roaming swine that have been destroying crops and landscaping. Division of Fish and Wildlife spokesman Al Ivany saids the division is trying to eradicate them before they become a more serious problem.
This 250-pound feral boar was captured June 30 in Gloucester County.
The wild hogs prey on ground-nesting birds and small mammals and compete for food with native animals.
They are believed to be descended from domestic hogs that wandered off from local farms.
Gloucester bristles as feral porkers run amok
by Brian T. Murray/The Star-Ledger
Thursday August 21, 2008, 10:12 AM
As many as 100 feral swine are ripping up golf courses, rooting through flower farms and generally making a mess of things in the swamps, forests and fields of Gloucester County.
Thought to be descendants of domestic hogs freed from pens at least a decade ago, the belligerent boars have mentally and physically regressed and are no longer the familiar pink porkers slopping it up on lazy little farms.
"We caught one boar that weighed in at about 250 pounds -- tusks and all," said Christopher Boggs, a wildlife biologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Boggs trapped three of the wild pigs two months ago in White Oak Branch Wildlife Management Area in Gloucester County.
All were dark, toothy, bristly-coated and hostile -- classic images of a growing national pest that poses a serious risks to the ecology and public health, according to U.S. and international health and agriculture agencies.
"They eat anything, endangering rare plants and degrading the habitat. They compete with native wildlife, eating the eggs of ground nesting birds like quail and turkeys," said Lawrence Herrighty of the state Division of Fish and Wildlife.
Kind of like niggers that escaped the plantation, or jews let out of the ghetto, they're running wild.