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Super Pig Time Bomb

2020-09-25 17:33:10.288862+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

So the question we Californians have to be asking is: How good is Scrub Oak as a smoking wood? Because we need to keep the fuel load down, we have an overpopulation problem involving a lot of very muscled low fat pigs... I'm thinking that we may just have to go on a diet of smoked pulled-pork barbecue sliders.

For the environment.

North America faced with 'time-bomb' of millions of 'super pigs'

Later addendum: More seriously, apparently hunting doesn't work well: Feral hog experts to lawmakers: 'You can't hunt your way out of this problem'

“Allowing people to hunt them, putting a meat market in there and not regulating the movement of pigs allowed us to go from a few thousand pigs to 2.6 million to 3 million pigs,” Bodenchuk said. “Our experience is that’s a train wreck.”

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#Comment Re: Super Pig Time Bomb made: 2020-09-26 12:36:56.001138+00 by: DaveP [edit history]

I will mention that at our local farmers market, one of the meat vendors is now stocking wild board bacon reliably. At $40/3lbs, it’s not cheap, but it’s got less than half the fat of the $13/lb organic bacon at the grocery store, so it goes almost twice as far in BLTs. And they’re much tastier BLTs, to boot!

And scrub oak should work ok as a smoking wood, but would probably be better as a source for your charcoal (which takes much more wood, so yay), and then use the fancy stuff like apple or hickory for flavor in the smoker.

So while it may not be possible to hunt your way out of this problem, it sure will a tasty attempt! Good luck! Save the planet!

#Comment Re: Super Pig Time Bomb made: 2020-09-27 14:13:57.697101+00 by: TheSHAD0W

>regulating the movement

Uhm. I'm not sure how you'd go about preventing wild pigs from moving without also preventing all the other large wild species from moving. It'd pose huge problems for wildlife. Government does trapping, individuals do trapping, but the pigs breed massively. There may have been other info about this that the article bypassed.

Maybe the way to fix this would be to hold Mongol-style hunts, surround a large area and work inward, killing off the pigs and maybe some predator species, perhaps taking some of certain other species, and letting endangered species loose.

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