What might initially seem as a counter-intuitive move by state officials, the Missouri Department of Conservation is planning to ban the hunting of feral hogs on state land with newly enacted rules.

At a hearing earlier this week, officials laid out their plan which they believe will give them a better chance at trapping family groups of the invasive species.  With hopes of cutting off groups before they are able to move into other areas by using new remotely controlled traps.


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Hog Wallow. Photo by MDC Staff, courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation.


The new devices cost upwards of $6,000 each, but are believed to be much more effective than the traps currently used by state officials.

Last year the agency trapped and killed 3,600 hogs and already this year have taken 2,000 of the animals.


H/T:  St. Louis Post Dispatch