The New York Hog Explosion!
Ok, I am being a bit overzealous in my title, but I couldn't resist with all of the talk of hogs and invasive species. I was reading the Democrat and Chronicle from my home state of New York when I came across an article on feral hogs yesterday. There are reports that feral hogs are starting to infiltrate farmland in Central New York.
New York wildlife officials are scrambling to confront an invasion before it becomes an environmental disaster.
Feral hogs, abundant for years in many Southern states, are slowly creeping into New York, and they are not a welcome addition.
Now, if this is the case I expect to see many more stories from my NY hunting buddies regarding feral hogs. I haven't heard of anyone taking any hogs or going on a hog hunt, but I am sure it''ll happen.
I do have my doubts, call it skeptical, but I think this may be getting more press because it's a hog and not another invasive species. I don't know. What I do know is that hogs cause incredible damage to farmland and New York is home to some of the most fertile farmland in the U.S. With many cash crop farmers growing corn, beans, buckwheat and barley, the hogs are certain to flourish without some aggressive action. The next time I plan a whitetail hunt with my family in New York I wonder if I'll be on the hunt for a hog as well. I think it'll take long than a year or two for things to get that far.
You can be certain of one thing though. If the hogs are left to abound, you will start seeing more and more "outfitters" popping up offering hog hunts for a hefty price. Ugh!