When state or local governments determine that there are too many wild pigs in a particular area, they sometimes call in hunters. (Activists in Sarasota are currently fighting a proposal for hunters to kill pigs in a nature preserve.) Hunting is, if anything, a temporary solution to conflicts between humans and wildlife. But sometimes hunters are the source of the problem.
An article in the Northwest Florida Daily News reported that last month three men were arrested after releasing wild pigs into the forests of the Eglin Air Force Base in northern Florida. A Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission officer told the newspaper that the practice is “popular” and that hunters explain that they “don’t think they have enough hogs in an area,” or that they want a different type of wild pig to hunt.
Sadly, Eglin regularly opens up its land for hunters to kill pigs.
Visit ARFF’s website to learn more about Florida’s wild pigs.