Friday, November 04, 2016

Billy Long: Hogs can do incredible damage

(From Seventh District Congressman Billy Long)

On the 14th of October I had the opportunity to tour property damage caused by feral hogs in Walnut Shade, Missouri. The property I toured was owned by a family who wanted me to see firsthand the damage hogs had caused to their fields and discuss the current feral hog activity still occurring on their land.

A feral hog is any type of hog that does not have ear tag identification and roams on private or public land without permission.

These hogs are a problem not only because they are destructive to land, but because they cause soil erosion, reduce water quality and damage agriculture crops and hay fields. These hogs are also known to spread diseases not just to animals and livestock, but to humans as well.

According to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), feral hogs are very destructive to many of Missouri's species of native wildlife. So much so, that the Missouri Conservation Commission approved changes to the Wildlife Code of Missouri that would prevent hunting of feral hogs on MDC owned land. This change to the code went into effect as of September 30.

Most people would think that putting a ban on hunting feral hogs would actually increase the number of feral hogs, but that is not the case. The Kansas City Star this summer reported that the MDC says that hunters make it more challenging to kill feral hogs.

According to the report, the MDC tries to attract feral hogs by using cracked corn to guide them to trapping areas. When hunters figure out the trap locations, they will go to them, shoot a hog or two and then cause all the feral hogs to scatter. These traps have required a lot of hard work by the MDC to set up. When hunters go to them and hunt, it causes the hog population to scatter to different areas requiring them to start all over again.

These traps, which are different depending on the location, are usually either a cage or a fence held up by rods. The best type of trap, which can catch 10-30 at a time, is suspended in the air at about five to six feet and can be dropped by simply using a cellphone. I think it’s important to know an agent can be at a football game for their kids and get a text on their cell phone, look at a live picture of the trap and what is in it and then activate the trap from the football game and drop it on the hogs. This type of trap allows the agent to monitor the trap at any given time and make sure that they are actually catching hogs and not deer or turkey.

However, these traps are more expensive and since it relies on cell phone service for the trap, they are limited on where they can use it.

Also, hunters are known to illegally catch feral hogs and move them around the state.

According to Bill White, MDC Private Land Service Division Chief, once these hogs are caught using different traps, the MDC draws their blood to have it tested for numerous diseases, two of the most concerning diseases being swine brucellosis and pseudorabies. These diseases can be passed on to livestock and have serious implications on that particular industry. Once the results come back, they report it to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Inspection Service and the Missouri Department of Agriculture.

The MDC would like individuals to stop hunting feral hogs and let them know when they have spotted them. This allows for the MDC to have a better idea of the number of feral hogs, where they are and how to best capture them.

As a Congressman, I ask all Missourians, not just those of southwest Missouri, to take the time to listen to the MDC. The amount of damage these hogs can do is devastating. By following the MDC's hunting ban, we can do our part to limit this damage.


Anonymous said...


pIG pIG pIG!

Anonymous said...

What do we do about the feral hog these people keep sending to Washington?

Anonymous said...

Billy Long. Biily Long. Come to my farm and shoot my hogs. They want to go to Vegas!!

Anonymous said...

Boss Hogg knows his pigs. Time to stop embarrassing SW Missouri and send Billy back to he auction house where he belongs.

kitty chiwawa said...

I guess it's a good thing he didn't waste time at the debate at MSU in Springfield last week...we don't need to know any more about this guy than his opinion about hogs, food and gambling, or so it seems.

Harvey Hutchinson said...

Make sure the Clinton hogs, who've been sloughing at the trough for 40 years, get sent home for good on Tuesday, They can continue to steal from their crooked foundation!

Anonymous said...

In defense of Billy Long, he did introduce one bill (and one bill only) during his time in office. That bill was to create a National Auctioneer's Day as a National Holiday.

Anonymous said...

As a real American I wonder what's next.

First they tell us to stop shooting the hogs. Next will they will tell us to leave the road signs be, and shoot paper targets instead?

Mr Long you must know that we didn't send you to Las Vegas for more of this D.C. kind of tomfoolery.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, Boss Hog (Billy Long) will get re-elected because the people of SWMO don't have a clue. They are just like the mice and the Pied Piper. They follow what their leadership tells them....They cannot think for themselves!!

Anonymous said...

Too easy...

Harvey Hutchinson said...

Is it you writing all these anonymous blogs?

Surely most people have the courage to sign their name to their opinion; otherwise it's not worth the paper it's printed on!

Anonymous said...

You have to be kidding me. A federal legislator concerned about feral hogs when he has one of the better Conservation departments working on this problem and publishing numerous articles about their control. What in the world does this person think of his citizens, oh, total mindless followers of the republican banter. Please start thinking with your brain people and not what "daddy" said was best. I want to hide and weep for our country. Our congress sucks so bad and yet the same ones return each year putting up roadblocks to so many important things.

Anonymous said...

The problem is, the people of Southwest Missouri are too stupid to realize that they actually are Democrats.