Death From Above
Anyone who’s seen the Death From Above helicopter hog killing videos can attest to the wild pig problem we’re experiencing in the Deep South and Texas. Thousands of feral hogs are rampaging across Louisiana and they’re not going to go away on their own.
Hunters across our swamps and forests certainly did their part last year bagging an estimated 350k of these invaders but those kills barely made a dent in the population.
The animal at the top of the pecking order in Louisiana, the alligator, did little to ward off the advance of feral hogs, indeed, even gators are not immune to these beasts as pigs have been known to devour entire nests of alligator eggs.
We’d give anything to see a mama gator roll up on an unruly wild boar hog as he’s commencing to eat her young’uns. Put that on pay per view out in Acadiana and we’ll all retire early.
In Louisiana, the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the state Department of Agriculture and Forestry and the LSU Ag Center have been working tirelessly for the past few years to solve the feral pig conundrum, and now they’re ready to reveal a new weapon in the battle: Kaput.
Kaput is a poison developed by Scimetrics out of Wellington, Colorado. The active ingredient is Warfarin, an anti-coagulant that reduces the clotting ability of the blood and causes bleeding.
Hogs that eat this chemical wind up graveyard dead and it’s not a pretty death.
How will the poison be introduced into the wild pig population without affecting other animals? That’s the tricky part. Proponents of the chemical claim that it can be placed in feeders that only wild pigs have the ability to nudge open. After they eat their fill they die. Sounds simple enough until you factor in all the other wild animals that will have potential access to the poison.
Like raccoons and black bears.
Texas has approved the use of Kaput but we put little truck with what the Lone Star state deems safe.
Lousiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission passed a resolution Feb. 2 to further study the possible use of the drug while working alongside the Louisiana Feral Hog Management Advisory Task Force.
More reports to come.