Feral hogs which invaded a Rambling Trail neighborhood more than a week ago may have roamed from the nearby Fort Benning military reservation into Midland, an official said.
“There is definitely that possibility because there are some large tracks around here,” said John J. Brent, chief of the Environmental Management Division at Fort Benning. “We have them off post and on post. It’s been a challenge in the Southeast. They are a nuisance.”
The Rambling Trail resident sought help from Jager Pro Hog Control Systems after one adult and 14 pigs damaged property looking for food. All were rounded up in a high-tech trapping system with night-vision scopes about 10:30 p.m. Jan. 7, said Rod Pinkston, owner of the hog control company.
“One thing we want people to understand is feral hogs are not a game animal like elk or bear,” said Pinkston, of Columbus. “We need to think of hogs as an agricultural pest as they are. They are in the category of a cockroach or termite. You want to kill baby termites.”
Under Georgia law, live feral hogs can’t be transported unless they have been tested for diseases. Pinkston said the invading hogs were blasted with a shotgun. “We disposed of them,” he said.
Feral hogs are a major problem at Fort Benning and they are moving, said Mike Crumbley, supervisor of Wildlife Management Area for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
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