April 13, 2011
When the stampede arrives, who you gonna call?
Earlier Drudge linked this story about feral hogs invading a Texas suburb.The citizens are apparently helpless, because they are not allowed to shoot the hogs, and the beasts have an uncanny ability to avoid traps and snares.
I have to say, I am glad I don't have to deal with stampedes in the middle of the night.
Of course animal control is useless, and who could blame them? They're only there to enforce licensing laws, impound strays, and catch an occasional raccoon, not tackle dangerous wild animals the size of a wildebeest.
The police are afraid of them too and hide behind the usual bureaucratese. Professional trappers aren't much help either.
Well, I can offer one suggestion. When all else fails, it might be time to call in the pit bulls. For many centuries, they have excelled at hog hunting, and are called "catch dogs" by people in the business.
Here's a statue from the early 1900s:
And a 14th Century French miniature:
To most people, it's a gruesome thing to contemplate hunting hogs with dogs (to be fair, it is arguably more cruel than dog fighting), but there are people who specialize in breeding and training pit bulls for that express purpose, and I see no reason towns under invasion by feral hogs can't put "catch dogs" to use -- especially if all else has failed.
Here's a video showing catch dogs at work (which you are allowed to see thanks to the Supreme Court).
There are of course many people who find hunting hogs with dogs extremely objectionable and want to make it illegal.
Ever the politician, Coco cannot decide whether this is good PR for her breed.
My view is that hog hunting is an undeniable and important part of the breed's history, and they are still used for it, even if Coco is a more civilized urban girl who doesn't have to worry about boars stampeding through her yard.
Still, the question remains. What are people supposed to do when feral hogs rampage? Call PETA for help?
posted by Eric on 04.13.11 at 10:33 AM
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