According to the book 1491, the European conquest of North America was done and dusted by the time Columbus sailed the ocean blue. The indigenous people had already been more or less wiped out, their various cultures destroyed. According to Charles C. Mann you can blame/thank/note Hernando DeSoto’s pigs. The Spanish conquistador brought domesticated swine with him during his travels in the New World. They escaped, multiplied and colonized; spreading disease and death throughout the continent. It was nothing less than an aporkalypse. The pigs currently invading Dallas are their descendants. They’re not welcome. But PC uber alles, baby. The pestilential porkers are . . .
“trapped and removed . . . in a humane way.” And then sent to a slaughterhouse to be humanely electrocuted and processed. For just $284k for a three-year gig—not including cameras, computers, cell phones and slaughterhouse fees.
Meanwhile, as wfaa.com reports, a Houston inventor’s hoping to tap into the “humane” pig-killing biz with a financially self-sustaining solution.
Don Gresham, owner of Goin Fencing, designed the large pen with 24 panels and wireless technology.
“A sensor sends you a picture when an animal comes into the trap,” Gresham said.
There is also a mobile app available.
They’ve trapped 45 hogs in one night and they are close to capturing 10,000 hogs nationwide.
The pens cost range from $2,850 for a basic unit to $10,000 for the ‘Cadillac version’. The animals are sold to processors for meat.
“Spend the money,” Gresham said. “Make the hogs pay for your hog trap.”
Only one hog has ever escaped, according to Gresham.
“We call him ‘hog-dini,’” Gresham said. “He got out twice.”
Texas allows hunters to kill wild hogs [note: nothing to do with the movie of the same name] year-round without limits. Unlike Dallas, the state takes a more free market approach, offering bounties for dead pigs. When the Department of Agriculture put up $60k for ex-swine (four-legged), hunters harvested more than seven-thousand feral hogs. Not nearly enough to slow down the population growth of the animals that eradicated native Americans but hey, it’s a start.