Feral Hogs A Growing Concern In Jefferson Memorial Forest

by Rick Howlett on March 28, 2011

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife has begun an effort to trap feral hogs spotted in and around the Jefferson Memorial Forest preserve in Louisville.

Officials say the animals can destroy forestland, carry diseases and multiply rapidly.

Fish and Wildlife Biologist Jeff Nally says no one knows for sure how many of the wild pigs might be roaming the 6,200 acre preserve or surrounding farms, or even how they got there.

“My speculation would be that someone introduced those pigs to that area. It may have been trying to release them to hunt the pigs, maybe to train some dogs on the pigs. I don’t think these pigs in particular are escaped from a farming operation or anything,” he said.

Nally says he’s never heard of any cases of feral hogs attacking people unprovoked, but they can be aggressive if cornered or protecting a litter.

Feral hogs will eat just about anything, and because of their destructive nature, they cannot be taken to another location and released.

Nally says any trapped animals will be tested for disease and humanely destroyed.

(Photo courtesy of Louisville Metro Parks)

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D March 28, 2011 at 5:25 pm

While I understand the danger of overpopulation, I have a hard time wrapping my mind around the words “humanely”, and “destroyed”, in the same sentence.

John March 29, 2011 at 9:05 am

@D–It means they will be euthanized.

BGD March 29, 2011 at 11:03 am

This is a sad situation. There must be some way to solve this problem other than killing these animals. Humans are to blame. We should at least try to find a truly humane solution.

JP March 29, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Humans aren’t to blame. If you’ve followed this situation, feral hogs are a HUGE problem in Texas and the southeast because they root and eat everything, as well as reproduce rapidly and basically have no natural predators.

I bet they make good bacon though.

will March 29, 2011 at 2:24 pm

No natural predators? Let’s turn this problem into an opportunity and introduce mountain lions to the area.

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