Tim Chitwood: Wild pigs fly through Columbus

tchitwood@ledger-enqurier.comDecember 22, 2013 

To talk of many things -- of shoes and ships and sealing-wax, of cabbages and kings, and why the sea is boiling hot, and whether pigs have wings -- it's Monday Mail.

The Walrus

Today's opening quotes the Walrus from Lewis Carroll's "Through the Looking Glass."

Pigs

So I guess you heard the city of Columbus hired professional trappers from Jager Pro to take out wild hogs roaming the east side. "They will begin immediately and will initially concentrate in the area of Chattsworth Road and Moye Road, where they have currently been spotted by Jager Pro," says a news release, adding:

"The wild hogs have been spotted in the area of Washington Heights, and Cedar Hills as well, but have migrated to other parts of the city, according to Jager Pro….. We ask citizens to notify 311 if they see wild hogs in the area as Jager Pro and public works will continue to follow their migration in order to remove them from the area."

Sow's it going?

That announcement prompted a resident to send this note through a neighborhood alert system out in that area:

To put it bluntly, it is an exercise in futility to call 311 with every random sighting of these animals along the roads or highways. They will not cross the road at the same place and time every day.

I have hunted these animals extensively on farms in South Georgia. Wild hogs will rarely follow a predictable pattern. The exception would be to a specific ample food/bait source. By the way, If you are feeding deer with corn in the backyard you may want to stop! Hogs love free corn dinners.

It will be wiser to restrict calls to 311 only if you notice the hogs visiting a food source on your property. Unfortunately it may involve them rooting out something in your back lawn! The damages will be severe. The hogs will quickly move onto another area when a food source is exhausted.

Jäger Pro (Google them) will do a good job mitigating the problem using specialized game cameras and bait traps. Wild hogs are very intelligent animals and if pressured they will go nocturnal.

Believe me when I say that it will be a waste to call 311 with a "I saw them yesterday at 3:30 pm crossing Chattsworth Rd." type of calls. After all, wild hogs are wild hogs and can travel in any direction at any time of day they choose.

Jeff.

Dear Jeff:

Yeah, I've heard that from other wild boar hunters, too.

Having grown up in rural Russell County, I miss the days when if you had a nuisance meat source running wild through the woods, you shot, butchered and barbecued it.

Tim Chitwood, tchitwood@ledger-enquirer.com, 706-571-8508.

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