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March 19, 2013 / V A Nichols

Alabama Cooperative Extension System in the business of trapping wildlife for money

Remember:We can thank hunters, who released domesticated pigs in an effort to create more live targets, for the feral pig population today.

Gardendale city officials to address feral pig problem next month

Sarah A. McCarty | smccarty@al.com By Sarah A. McCarty | smccarty@al.com
on March 19, 2013 at 7:56 PM, updated March 19, 2013 at 8:03 PM

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GARDENDALE, Alabama – Gardendale residents continue to face problems with feral pigs, and city leaders plan to address the issue at the April 15 City Council meeting.

Last fall, the city held a feral pig awareness meeting with Extension Agent Andrew Baril, who said traps are the best solution for eradicating feral pig infestations. The traps use food to lure an entire pig family into a corral together. Baril said the traps need to be set in the spring when there is less available food for the pigs.

Baril has said hunting techniques have proved unsuccessful in putting a dent in feral pig populations because the rapid reproduction of pigs. If the entire family is not wiped out, then they continue to reproduce and inhabit the land.

“You got to catch the female hogs to make this thing work,” Mayor Othell Phillips said. He said there are about five families living in the creek bottom from Tarrant Road all the way to Kimberly and below several neighborhoods, including the Castle Pines subdivision and the Castle Pines Country Club.

Phillips said the city does not have the equipment or expertise to set the traps, but the Alabama Cooperative Extension System offered to help. “They are willing to come out and set the traps but there’s got to be funding for it, and they’re working on some grants.”

With the warmer weather, residents have reported more sightings and say the pigs are destroying yards and property.

“I think it’s important that we let the people know something,” Council President Stan Hogeland said. “They’re seeking an answer to our plan. Could we say that on April 15–which would give us a month, and it would be before the summer and with spring just hitting–that we would release the city’s stance on that and have a plan of action.”

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