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Thu Nov 23, 2023, 09:18 PM Nov 2023

A population of hard-to-eradicate 'super pigs' in Canada is threatening to invade the US [View all]


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An exploding population of hard-to-eradicate “super pigs” in Canada is threatening to spill south of the border, and northern states like Minnesota, North Dakota and Montana are taking steps to stop the invasion.

It turned out that the pigs were very good at surviving Canadian winters. Smart, adaptable and furry, they eat anything, including crops and wildlife. They tear up land when they root for bugs and crops. They can spread devastating diseases to hog farms like African swine fever. And they reproduce quickly. A sow can have six piglets in a litter and raise two litters in a year.

That means 65% or more of a wild pig population could be killed every year and it will still increase, Brook said. Hunting just makes the problem worse, he said. The success rate for hunters is only about 2% to 3% and several states have banned hunting because it makes the pigs more wary and nocturnal — tougher to track down and eradicate.

Wild pigs already cause around $2.5 billion in damage to U.S. crops every year, mostly in southern states like Texas. And they can be aggressive toward humans. A woman in Texas was killed by wild pigs in 2019.

Apparently, the situation is up to states to deal with, but
the U.S. Department of Agriculture is using aircraft and drones to beef up surveillance along the northern border.
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How does one counteract a goddamn super pig? SoFlaBro Nov 2023 #1
With Super Wolfs? multigraincracker Nov 2023 #2
Do they all get fucking capes? SoFlaBro Nov 2023 #11
There are going to be some states that will regret their wolf hunts Bayard Nov 2023 #30
As a Montanan who must walk to her garage every morning in the woods I must Maru Kitteh Nov 2023 #43
With super BBQ sauce, of course NickB79 Nov 2023 #4
Can a premium be charged for super ribs? SoFlaBro Nov 2023 #12
Either climb a tree or jump really high repeatedly. LastDemocratInSC Nov 2023 #7
"They are skilled at protecting their things" What the hell does that mean? In a Liam Neeson kinda way? SoFlaBro Nov 2023 #13
They will charge you if you get too close to what they know is food or think is food. LastDemocratInSC Nov 2023 #24
It means they have no fear of you whatsoever. They can weigh twice as much as you and they get pissed off ... marble falls Nov 2023 #31
Same thing happened in New Hampshire. 3Hotdogs Nov 2023 #23
With lettuce and tomato? usonian Nov 2023 #9
Super Pig doesn't want that goddamn rabbit food. Super Pig eats car tires and mailboxes. SoFlaBro Nov 2023 #14
I was thinking that the thought of becoming part of a BLT might scare them. usonian Nov 2023 #15
A neighbor a few miles south of me womanofthehills Nov 2023 #32
I thought they would bite you if you got too close. SoFlaBro Nov 2023 #33
they will attack if threatened pfitz59 Nov 2023 #46
Call Obelix DFW Nov 2023 #20
Did it work? SoFlaBro Nov 2023 #26
Field Artillery, A-10 Warthogs, M240 machine guns... jmowreader Nov 2023 #21
Warthogs to combat super pigs SoFlaBro Nov 2023 #25
Really big frying pan Kennah Nov 2023 #27
Them's good eatin'? SoFlaBro Nov 2023 #48
Bacon, it's what's for dinner Kennah Nov 2023 #49
Phased plasma rifle in the 40-watt range Kennah Nov 2023 #28
Gonna need more firepower for a motherfucking super pig invasion! SoFlaBro Nov 2023 #39
Well played!!! NT Happy Hoosier Nov 2023 #50
Build a wall! Build a wall! Highly recommended by some folks. And Canada will pay for it. keithbvadu2 Nov 2023 #3
You win! H2O Man Nov 2023 #40
I've seen their trails in the snow in Saskatchewan, many times. Swede Nov 2023 #5
Apparently they made 'pigloos' NickB79 Nov 2023 #6
What is President Biden doing about this!?!? Hassin Bin Sober Nov 2023 #8
We need more wolverines mbusby Nov 2023 #10
America's underground cartoonists have an appropriate response... Buns_of_Fire Nov 2023 #16
Umm, this is about 7 years too late - The Super Pig was elected President in 2016. FHRRK Nov 2023 #17
DUzy Kennah Nov 2023 #29
Rebranding solves everything FBaggins Nov 2023 #18
Pigoons incoming Sympthsical Nov 2023 #19
Someone call Pink Floyd! maxrandb Nov 2023 #22
Super bacon dalton99a Nov 2023 #34
Never take pig threats lightly. Sneederbunk Nov 2023 #35
Stop clubbing baby seals and start clubbing baby pigs! How hard can that be? Shanti Shanti Shanti Nov 2023 #36
Mama seal probably not going to kill you. keithbvadu2 Nov 2023 #41
Good point, but I hear seal bites can be pretty nasty Shanti Shanti Shanti Nov 2023 #44
zOinks! Blue Owl Nov 2023 #37
This message was self-deleted by its author raccoon Nov 2023 #38
Send them to Florida and Texas. LiberalFighter Nov 2023 #42
We already have an invasion. LeftInTX Nov 2023 #45
Canadia super hogs will breed with murder hornets prodigitalson Nov 2023 #47
The pigs are more wary? They're outsmarting humans? bucolic_frolic Nov 2023 #51
Open a fake GOP headquarters, and we can corral 'em there...... lastlib Nov 2023 #52
Trumps been Traildogbob Nov 2023 #53
Uhhh usonian Nov 2023 #54
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