The Pros And Cons Of Feral Swine

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Register to read the introduction… Because of this, managers of public lands look to reduce or eradicate feral swine (Gabor & Hellgren, 2000).On the Big Thicket National Preserve (BTNP) in East Texas, yearly hunts with no limit are used to remove feral swine from the Preserve. One reason that the swine are removed is because of the damage that rooting and wallowing cause to lands, particularly bottomland hardwood forests and land near water. Other reasons for limitation are the fact that they eat and trample seedlings of the native longleaf pine that the National Parks Service (NPS) is trying to reintroduce to the Preserve (Gabor & Hellgren, 2000). The swine are attracted to the high amount of starch in these seedlings and can consume 200-1,000 longleaf saplings in one day (Mayer & Brisbin, …show more content…
They have had such a long history with feral swine and hunting that they think of feral swine as a native species to the area. A swine hunt festival was proposed where a massive amount of swine would be driven out of the Preserve and harvested each year. This would reduce the numbers, and not anger the locals by exterminating them (Gabor & Hellgren, 2000). The local community’s views on feral swine bring up interesting points on management of the feral swine. If there has been a history of feral swine in the park, then the park manager usually will try to reduce the numbers, but still give the local hunters opportunity to hunt them. An example of this scenario is played out in the GSMNP. If feral swine have never been established on a park, such as Big Bend National Park, then the manager will look to eradicate them from public lands as they don’t yet have an established population in the park, nor a hunting tradition (Gabor & Hellgren, …show more content…
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