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  1. Richard
    Richard March 30, 2012 8:44 am

    I’m not exactly sure the MSM pig story hid ant facts. It just tried to paint the government coming onto a persons farm or game preserve, killing off all the “wild” stock and therefore destroying that persons living as a wise and just move. After all the gave the owners plenty of time to comply and make money elsewhere.
    I sometimes wonder if the authors of the articles read and believe the shire they write.

  2. EN
    EN March 30, 2012 10:52 am

    The pig story is what happens when government tries to solve a legitimate problem. They make a mess of it. First off feral hogs are extremely destructive. I’ve seen them destroy five acres of tomatoes in one evening. They love cultivated ground, it’s easy to root in. So they are something to be concerned about. To make it worse the problem got its start because a lot of these (usually Asian) pigs were “released” just so they could be hunted. In the California coastal range there’s a lot of places that are no go for ag because the pigs are so plentiful. So the problem exists.

    However, what we’re seeing in Michigan is a typical government solution. Go after the easy target, which will likely drive up pork prices and not fix the problem. The silliness of government never ends. They won’t solve the problem doing that, just ruin the living of some individuals.

  3. clark
    clark March 30, 2012 12:06 pm

    If you’re not familiar with it, here’s another pig story, sort of, only this one has a lesson which can be applied to many areas of life where People meet the state:

    The Wild and Free Pigs of the Okefenokee Swamp

    Also, portraying the Michigan situation as “killing off all the “wild” stock” *is* hiding facts. What makes a pig “wild” is actually being wild, no matter the breed.

    As I’ve read elsewhere I wonder if and how Monsanto’s attempt to patient the DNA of all pigs is a factor in this?

  4. EN
    EN March 30, 2012 1:32 pm

    Yeah, most wild hogs are domesticated breeds gone wild, with a hint of Asian, but not really all that “wild or natural”. Any pig who’s running around in the wild will see his snout grow longer and develop tusks. And they will root. A lot of hunters will capture the pigs (using dogs) and pen them up. After a year these formerly wild hogs will receive their reward for free corn. 😉 The interesting thing is how they begin to look. Captured piglets won’t develop snouts or tusks. They will also revert to lighter colors, and look like domestic pigs. For years I heard stories about certain people releasing domestic pigs into the wild, to include Asians to improve the domestic stock. In other words someone (and most specifically NOT farmers who have a business to run) is releasing them into the wild and trying to breed them for hunting. The government going after farmers is just silly and shows a lack of understanding of the problem they are dealing with.

    As an aside, my favorite meat it wild hog. It’s lean and redder than any beef you’ll see. It takes on the flavor of what they’ve been eating. I love it in the fall after a little rain and acorns have fattened them up. The meat is aromatic and can’t be beat.

  5. Kyle MacLachlan
    Kyle MacLachlan March 30, 2012 3:59 pm

    I have to second EN here: Wild hog is much tastier than anything store-bought (or even farm-raised, for that matter). The best sausage and brats I’ve ever tasted came from a friend who hunts these critters regularly. It’s a win-win: The farmers like to get rid of as many as possible and he (and sometimes I 🙂 )get good meat. Can’t beat that!!

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