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April 12, 2010
I read a disturbing article about something going on here in Michigan, and I thought I'd share it. With a lot of people here being homesteaders or farmers, or wanting to be, I know it would be of interest. Shocking.
August 6, 2010
I read about that, and I think Michigan has made their rules way too broad. In an effort to curb a problem they have overstepped their bounds and ignored the rights of people who don't really want to raise thousands of identical pink pigs, like the commercial operators do.
That said, feral hogs ARE a menace--we have them here in the Ozarks, and they are horrible--destructive of native plants, they eat EVERYTHING, including ground nesting birds, fawns, snakes, turtles, you name it, and they spread disease to commercial hog operations. If you have ever seen a pasture or woods where they have been rooting, you would be appalled--it looks like a giant rototiller has gone thru.
I attended a seminar on our wild hog problem--one of the presenters said they had 8-10 piglets per litter, and 20 of them would live. He was kidding of course, but they are prolific, and rebreed quickly to produce more offspring. He told us that the wild hogs spread some disease (sorry, I don't remember what it was) and if a commercial operation has a case of this disease, the entire state is quarantined--a big financial blow, no matter what you think of commercial hog operations.
Many of the hogs in the Ozarks are offspring of domestic hogs--years ago, folks raised hogs in the woods and would have a roundup a couple times a year to harvest or to earmark their own hogs. Of course, there were escapes.
Other hogs (Russian wild boars) have been purposefully introduced for hunting (and are still being introduced, according to the Dept. of Natural Resources) or they escaped from private hunting reserves.
Domestic hogs go feral easily, if they escape or are dumped, and over time, the offspring get hairier, darker colored, and babies are striped just like 'wild boars'. Here, you can shoot them any time, trap them with baited traps, and there are no rules about wasting meat--you can leave the carcasses lay in the woods. (Boars are practically inedible--rank tasting and smelling meat.)
December 14, 2010
Quite soon this rule will be tested in the courts of the state. Among other things it doesn't allow "due process" and deprives a person of their property without just compensation. This is the time when the local university law school and the ACLU should team up and force this into the state courts.
February 10, 2009
August 30, 2008
I agree, this is too broad. I live in Michigan and this makes me sick. The farmers themselves have said that they would completely agree with the DNR shooting on sight any hog outside the fence. These hogs are valuable commodity that farmers are going to protect and not let run free. Unless there is a clear case of neglect, they need to let the experts (the farmer) do what they do best. Follow the money trail right to the big pork operations.
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