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Texas ag commissioner approves poison for feral hogs

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Vicki, Feb 20, 2017.

  1. Vicki

    Vicki Administrator Staff Member Administrator

    Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller on Tuesday will announce approval of a new weapon in the ongoing war against feral hogs in Texas.

    Miller has approved a rule change in the Texas Administrative Code that classifies a new warfarin-based product as a state-limited-use pesticide for control of feral hogs. State-limited-use pesticides may only be bought and used by a licensed applicator or someone under the direct supervision of a licensed applicator. The pesticide, “Kaput Feral Hog Lure,” is the first toxicant to be listed specifically for use in controlling the feral hog population.

    “Wild hogs have caused extensive damage to Texas lands and loss of income for many, many years,” Miller said in a news release. “I am pleased to announce that the ‘feral hog apocalypse' may be within Texans’ reach with the introduction of Kaput’s hog lure.”

    Introducing warfarin as the first pesticide available to control the feral hog population is significant because it gives agriculture producers and landowners in Texas a new weapon in the fight against feral hogs with minimal risk to other animals. According to experts familiar with the issue, warfarin is a logical choice for hog toxicant, because it is effective in swine but requires much higher dosage levels to potentially affect other wildlife populations or livestock. The Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service is supportive of the rule change and the use of warfarin for feral hog population control.

    Miller has informed the Legislature that $900,000 in TDA’s budget previously earmarked for feral hog control research will no longer be necessary as a result of this rule change and has asked that the appropriation be removed from the current TDA budget pending before the Legislature.

    The manufacturer of the product, Scimetrics Ltd. Corp., has been manufacturing rodent management products for 15 years. Extensive testing of warfarin has been conducted in Texas since 2008. The approval of warfarin for feral hog control is the culmination of several years of research in partnership with Scimetrics and TDA. A representative from Scimetrics will also be on hand to take questions regarding the product.

  2. Vicki

    Vicki Administrator Staff Member Administrator

    New Feral Hog Bait Approved by EPA

    Hunters, farmers, and home owners alike have been waiting years for an end-all to the growing hog issue. Pretty much everyone other than hog doggers! As most of you know the feral hog situation in most of our country is beyond out of control. In fact, Louisiana hunters killed an estimated 350,000 of them last year and didn’t make a dent. Feral pigs are responsible for the destruction of crops, native habitat and carry and number of diseases that can spread to both wildlife and humans a like. They reproduce at an alarming rate and have no natural predators.

    Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Dr. Mike Strain reports a possible solution has been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency to fight the feral pig problem.

    “Its a bait”, says Strain, “to help eradicate the feral pig.”

    The bait is made by a company out of Colorado called Kaput. It is fed to the feral pigs for three to six weeks using a specific type feeder that only a feral pig can get its head inside to feed on the bait.

    But Strain cautions to “be sure and follow all label instructions” when using the bait.

    While most of us may have been hoping for a hog specific poison that could be dispensed directly to the ground, this is not it. If approved by the state of Louisiana, which is still pending, it will be every important to follow the specific directions and ONLY use in the approved feeder.

    Research has been done recently on 2 active ingredients that have been proven killers of feral swine, Sodium Nitrite, a meat preservative, and a blood thinning agent called Warfarin.


    More details on the availability of the feeder, and bait will be out soon.
  3. catchrcall

    catchrcall Good Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    We are fighting this one tooth and nail. It's a bad idea all the way around. They have an injunction against it for the month and a bill to stop it being introduced into the legislature. All you have to do is read the label on this stuff to know that Sid Miller has been bought. It's that bad, that the only reasonable conclusion is that money is involved.
    SevenSins likes this.
  4. Vicki

    Vicki Administrator Staff Member Administrator

    I can't understand how anyone sees this a a good thing to implement.
    Nat Ursula and SevenSins like this.
  5. catchrcall

    catchrcall Good Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    Funny thing is that they used Australia as an example. If you do about three seconds worth of research you find out that Australia outlawed it as dangerous and inhumane.
    bamaman likes this.
  6. bamaman

    bamaman Big Dog

    Why not just give some type of incentives to the hunters.It would be a lot safer.
  7. catchrcall

    catchrcall Good Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    That's what a lot of people are saying. The single most frustrating thing is that there are some landowners that are for it, but when you ask what they have done the answer is nothing. Have you let anybody trap? No. Run dogs? No. Night hunt? No. Helicopter? No. Done any of it yourself? No. Then what do you expect ? You've created a hog sanctuary.
    What we need to do is crack the code on how to earn a landowners trust. Some sort of system of references for reputable hunters and trappers. Maybe like a hog control better business bureau.
    SevenSins and bamaman like this.
  8. Madeleinemom

    Madeleinemom MS Bites, My Dog Doesn't Staff Member Super Moderator

    Seems like a really bad idea. I would think that it is a matter of time before some fool uses a makeshift 'dispenser', and the poison is consumed by an unintended target. Besides that, I find the idea inhumane and nasty.
  9. catchrcall

    catchrcall Good Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    It won't take long for it to happen. Hogs can break anything, to include feeders. They are messy eaters. I promise they will drag poison out of the boxes and leave it where something else can get it.
    SevenSins likes this.

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