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More on the pig eradication

Seems to be a controversy brewing between state and federal officials.  The state sold 51,000 pig tags last year, at $20 a pop.  That's over $1 million for their coffers.

Now, the feds want to actually spend taxpayers $$$ to go and eradicate them.

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/jun/03/fish-and-game-faces-dilemma-fed-plan-exterminate-c/

As I said, it won't happen.  There is no way to get them all, the terrain is too rough, and you will never get the private owners to let them on their property.  As it said in the article, 93% of the pigs killed in California were on private land. 

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Even if they were all on

Even if they were all on public land I doubt they would be able to get them all. I looked into public hunting opportunity out there for hogs a couple of years ago but the research I turned up didn't look like it would be worth going all that way to hunt on the public and the prices the private ranches were charging was far more than a similar hunt in Texas.

Like I have said before they seem to be more of a cash crop for the ranchers than the horrible problem all these new tv shows portray them as.

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How can the federal government be so wrong ?

How can the state of California have it so right on one side and the federal government be so wrong on the same issue? ::confused2  Any time that there is a human vs. game animal conflict that needs addressing I am always in favor of hunting as the most sane, economical, and efficient solution to a need to reduce game animal populations. I applaud the state of California for letting hunters put meat on the table to meet the end goal of a reduction in the number of feral pigs. The federal government is completely missing the mark on this opportunity to accomplish the same objective. Even if hunters would not be able to get all of them the population could be so reduced as to not be an issue – at least on lands that allow public hunting. If there are farmers that are having crops wiped out by the hogs on private land that doesn’t allow hunting access then this is exactly the sort of crisis that might prompt them into opening their land to allow hunting. This is a win : win on every level for hunters. It might lead to developing a whole hog hunting industry on private ranches in the state of California once the game animal potential is recognized by the hunting public at large.