Monday, March 13, 2017
Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
1505 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS, 39211
MDWFP Concerned About Illegal Wild Hog Trapping Methods
JACKSON - Wild hogs can be found in all
82 of Mississippi's counties and the damage they cause to the
ecosystem, agriculture, and native wildlife are a serious concern.
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
(MDWFP) encourages control of wild hogs at every legal opportunity
and for everyone to become familiar with regulations regarding
hunting and trapping wild hogs. According to MDWFP Nuisance
Wildlife Biologist, Anthony Ballard, "Late winter and early spring
is a period when available food resources can be depleted, which
makes trapping wild hogs with bait even more effective. Therefore,
we encourage landowners to take advantage of this time of year to
trap wild hogs, focusing on trapping entire sounders (multiple
family groups) at one time." Ballard advises, "Trapping wild hogs
is not like setting traps for rats and mice. There is an art and
science to effective wild hog trapping. Improper trapping
techniques can actually impede population reduction success." Types
of traps, location of traps, materials used, pre-baiting, trap
doors, trigger devices, and when to set the trap for capture are
all important considerations. For specific information about
wild hog trapping techniques go to www.mdwfp.com/wild
hogs and www.wildpiginfo.msstate.edu/.
The MDWFP is particularly concerned about recent reports of use
of illegally constructed wild hog cage-type traps. To protect
non-target animals such as deer, turkeys, raccoons, and black
bears, regulations require that all wild hog traps be constructed
with the top at least 50 percent open to allow the escape of
non-target animals, particularly black bears. Such traps must be
labeled with the owner's name and contact information.
Additionally, traps must be monitored at least every 36 hours, and
all non-target animals must be released. MDWFP Black Bear Program
Leader, Richard Rummel, warns landowners, "Black bears are subject
to be found in any part of Mississippi and may be attracted to
commonly used baits in hog traps." Black bears can die from stress
and injuries in their futile attempt to escape from enclosed traps.
Black bears are considered an endangered species in Mississippi and
to injure or cause death of a Black bear carries penalties of up to
$5,000, five days in jail, and loss of hunting, trapping, and
fishing privileges for one year, if convicted. Proper openings in
the roof allow black bears and other non-target animals to climb
out unharmed, but prevent the escape of wild hogs.
If landowners have any questions or need technical advice about
wild hog trapping, please call the MDWFP at 601-432-2199 or visit
our website at www.mdwfp.com/wild-hogs.
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