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Wild Pigs Could Be Eradicated By Helicopters And Hunting Dogs

Aired 6/22/12 on KPBS News.

Hundreds of feral pigs roam Cleveland National Forest, leaving paths of destruction where ever they go.

Hundreds of feral pigs roam Cleveland National Forest, leaving paths of destruction where ever they go. Helicopters, hunting dogs and traps are all being considered to rid East County of its pesky pig problem.

The domestically-raised Russian pigs were reportedly released six years ago by a local Native American tribe as the start of a hunting program. But the couple dozen pigs they brought over quickly multiplied out of control.

Anabele Cornejo, with Cleveland National Forest, said the pigs pose many threats.

“One, they destroy natural habitat. Two, they destroy habitat for protected and endangered species,” she said. “They can contaminate water supplies and all our water becomes our drinking water, so there’s really no benefit to having the pigs in the forest.”

According to the U.S. Forest Service, feral pigs cause $1.5 billion in damages annually nationwide.

The Forest Service is considering three options to deal with the feral pigs. One method involves aerial hunting with helicopters. A professional marksman would board a low-flying helicopter and eradicate the pigs from the air.

Another option is to hunt the pigs on foot using traps and hunting dogs.

The third option is to do nothing at all.

Cleveland National Forest is open to comments until July 18. They will review the public’s opinions and then issue their recommendations for the final plan.

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mtr001 | June 23, 2012 at 12:57 a.m. ― 4 years, 9 months ago

Only Weapons safety training verification with Fish and Game. After that Fish and Game issues an unlimited tag with no fee to aquire maximum participation in assisting with this problem.

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huntwildpig2012 | July 18, 2012 at 4:04 p.m. ― 4 years, 8 months ago

The US Forest Service is planning on trying to wipe out the population of wild pigs here in the Cleveland National Forest. I wrote an article about what they plan to do, and how much money they will spend here at

The public commenting period ends on this tomorrow, and we need more educated opinions given regardless to the side your on. Please share this info, and if you have any questions or comments, you can reach me at my website.



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