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Smart traps for feral pigs

Wild pigs are firmly established in the Southeastern states. And despite years of trapping and hunting, the wild hog problem does not seem to be improving.

Wild pigs now number in the millions and the USDA has estimated that they cause $ 1.5 billion in damage and control costs each year.

Trapping has been a mainstay of control, but it has drawbacks. US Forest Service researcher John Kilgo told the USDA press service that traditional traps allow the trapper to capture only one or two pigs at a time. As they are intelligent animals, the pigs that escape are then aware of the traps and learn to stay away from them.

Kilgo was asked about a technology-based smart trap that may be a better way to capture and control feral pig populations.

KILGO: “We now have the option of placing a camera on a trap which will send images of the pigs that are in the trap and which in turn can receive commands from the trapper to close the door when the trapper is ready. If you know the composition of the sonar you are trying to trap, which you determine from the camera work before the trap, you can see how many are in the group, what they look like, size and age composition, you can see how many are in the group. can wait for all pigs to enter the trap before closing the trap.

. A single sounder or a small group of pigs can leave a field plowed overnight. For farmers who are trying to grow crops, this is a very bad problem.

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