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Offline Rockhopper

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WTA Hogs
« on: December 25, 2007, 10:33:56 PM »
Hello -- I've gone riding at WTA six times since Dec. 1. Each time, I've seen anywhere from two to eight hogs near the Morris Bridge parking lot (south side of the road). Sometimes they are right out in the open in the parking lot. I've often gotten within 15 feet of them before they scurry off. I'm sure some of you have had the same experience.

The hogs, as I understand it, are not native to the area. As we all know, they do a tremendous amount of damage not only to the trails but to other areas of the park. The officials who run Trout Lake/Morris Bridge/Flatwoods contract to have the hogs removed from the park. So my question is, if I see the hogs all the time, why is it so hard to trap and/or kill them?

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Re: WTA Hogs
« Reply #1 on: December 25, 2007, 10:40:57 PM »
Very good questions.  It's probably a sensitive topic with PETA...
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Re: WTA Hogs
« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2007, 07:08:09 AM »
It would seem easy to trap them because they seem so tame. But I don't think people relize how many hogs there actually are. They reproduce at a unbelievable rate. I was told by a trapper once that in order to make an impact on the numbers you would have to take something like 2/3 of the family. And usually trappers don't live very close to where they trap and have to travel a good distance. And they can only fit so many in the trailer. Also they way bids work on public land is, only one person is granted the contract to trap.
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Re: WTA Hogs
« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2007, 07:35:22 AM »
why is it so hard to trap and/or kill them?

Because in this country, and day and age, hogs are sacred!

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Re: WTA Hogs
« Reply #4 on: December 26, 2007, 07:48:05 AM »
I say lets trap them all and have a big BBQ at the Squiggy!

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Re: WTA Hogs
« Reply #5 on: December 26, 2007, 08:31:36 AM »
Amen!!! ;)
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Re: WTA Hogs
« Reply #6 on: December 26, 2007, 09:21:04 AM »
why is it so hard to trap and/or kill them?

Because in this country, and day and age, hogs are sacred!
Garry, I think the word is "politically correct".  ;D ;D ;D
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Re: WTA Hogs
« Reply #7 on: December 26, 2007, 05:27:22 PM »
The problem is with the land owner (SWFWMD).  Only trapping is allowed.
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Re: WTA Hogs
« Reply #8 on: December 26, 2007, 05:30:05 PM »
The problem is with the land owner (SWFWMD).  Only trapping is allowed.

I agree. Hunting them would be nice. But could you imagine the political backlash if hunters were allowed there? Trapping is really the only alternative.
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Re: WTA Hogs
« Reply #9 on: December 26, 2007, 06:17:34 PM »
The problem is with the land owner (SWFWMD).  Only trapping is allowed.

I agree. Hunting them would be nice. But could you imagine the political backlash if hunters were allowed there? Trapping is really the only alternative.

There should be one, long, temporary hunting season for them in that area...and Boyette AND Alafia, to get the numbers way down.  Say, a one month hog hunting season per year, different month at each place.  Say, January at WTA (?), February at Alafia and March at Boyette, or something like that.  Is that out of the realm of possibility?
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Re: WTA Hogs
« Reply #10 on: December 26, 2007, 07:25:07 PM »
Hunting them is really pretty unrealistic, although it would take care of the problem quickly. These trails are tucked into a very populated area.

There has been discussion of this problem at the WTA meeting this past month.


 http://www.geocities.com/thewta/meeting.htm


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Re: WTA Hogs
« Reply #11 on: December 26, 2007, 09:08:03 PM »
We have suggested opening some public land down here in Sarasota Co. for hog hunting for 1 weekend a month. It would be a lottery system where a predetermined amount of hunters would be allowed to hunt the 2nd weekend each month. It would have been a revenue source as well as way to decrease the hog population. Lets just say the idea didn't fly. But in an area like WTA, there would be almost no chance.
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Re: WTA Hogs
« Reply #12 on: December 27, 2007, 09:17:07 AM »
If anyone just want some delicious pork meat and want to hunt it yourself, just find a strawberry farmer down in southeast hillsborough county.  I bet they will not mind if you come into their properties and help them get rid of their little problem.  ;D ;D ;D

I bet you can find a Swamper or two that has some large property around the area.  I know of at least one and I think everyone else here knows him.   ;D ;D

But if you really want to express more concern about the WTA hog problem, it is a hot topic of discussion with WTA.  Talk to Bunny here since I think he is now the official SWAMP rep in that board.  Maybe you can show up at the meeting he mentioned.  From what I heard, the county (maybe swif mud) has a trapper under contract that takes care of this.  But is just one trapper for whatever many properties he takes care of.  Maybe the trapper could use some volunteers???   ;)

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Re: WTA Hogs
« Reply #13 on: January 10, 2008, 08:53:36 PM »
good news! Two large hogs have been trapped at the MB area. Parks is working towards being allowed to take a more active role.

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Re: WTA Hogs
« Reply #14 on: January 10, 2008, 09:05:46 PM »
Great News! But something tells me there are a lot more than 2 hogs doing all that damage. 2 down, 30 or so to go! Can you say Hog Roast!

 

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