Feral pigs are a problem in Texas. A HUGE problem.
Lawmakers have said that every option except poison is fair game.
So these guys in Texas went big:
A group of men in Texas came up with a creative idea to effectively do their part in the fight against feral hogs ravaging the state.
Having planted a Tannerite target and scattered food around it earlier, the men lay quietly in wait as the pigs migrate towards the food.
Seconds later, two shots are fired towards a white container near the feral hogs, and a huge explosion sends pig parts flying.
Even the men seem shocked at the effectiveness of the explosion, as they swear and cheer.
Tannerite is an exploding rifle target. When it is hit at high velocity, for instance with a bullet, a chemical reaction results in an explosion.
Think this is a little extreme?
Here is a SmisthsonianMag story describing the scope of the problem:
About 50 miles east of Waco, Texas, a 70-acre field is cratered with holes up to five feet wide and three feet deep. The roots below a huge oak tree shading a creek have been dug out and exposed. Grass has been trampled into paths. Where the grass has been stripped, saplings crowd out the pecan trees that provide food for deer, opossums and other wildlife. A farmer wanting to cut his hay could barely run a tractor through here. There’s no mistaking what has happened—this field has gone to the hogs.
“I’ve trapped 61 of ‘em down here in the last month,” says Tom Quaca, whose in-laws have owned this land for about a century. “But at least we got some hay out of here this year. First time in six years.” Quaca hopes to flatten the earth and crush the saplings with a bulldozer. Then maybe—maybe—the hogs will move onto adjacent hunting grounds and he can once again use his family’s land.
Wild hogs are among the most destructive invasive species in the United States today. Two million to six million of the animals are wreaking havoc in at least 39 states and four Canadian provinces; half are in Texas, where they do some $400 million in damages annually. They tear up recreational areas, occasionally even terrorizing tourists in state and national parks, and squeeze out other wildlife.