Uh, can we slow this one down?

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - EDITORIAL PAGE -

Last week, lawmakers in Arkansas heard a pitch from a com­pany pro­mot­ing a new prod­uct to help con­trol the feral pig pop­u­la­tion in this state. And for any­body who spends time out­doors in Arkansas—hunt­ing, hik­ing, bik­ing, camp­ing—you know the state has a prob­lem.

Wild hogs will tear up a pas­ture in one night, then be off to an­other ZIP code be­fore they can be caught. No telling the dam­age they’re do­ing to the quail pop­u­la­tion. For any­body who’s watched a old boar walk through the woods, you know he can do great harm if an­noyed.

Bot­tom line: These things are not just an in­con­ve­nience. They’re a haz­ard.

But this com­pany, mak­ers of Ka­put Feral Hog Bait, want to start poi­son­ing the things. Which brings up all kinds of ques­tions:

How do you keep bears and deer and squir­rels from eat­ing the bait? And what hap­pens if a per­son shoots a hog right af­ter it’s eaten the bait? (And be­fore the meat turns blue from the poi­son!!!) What about scav­engers that might eat the meat of a dead hog no mat­ter what the color of the ba­con?

We trust the Arkansas Game and Fish Com­mis­sion with a lot, with rea­son. Its ex­perts seem to want to slow down any­thing like mass poi­son­ing un­til we know more about its ef­fects.

That’s a good idea. Let’s talk this one out.

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