By: Ian Gates, Research Associate – Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute
Edited By: Josh Helcel, Extension Associate – Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute
Wild pigs (Sus scrofa) are a growing concern across the country, and, unfortunately, Texas seems to have the largest population over other states. Landowners, producers and others concerned with minimizing damages associated with this exotic species often look to emerging technologies to reduce wild pig numbers. Remotely activated trapping system manufacturers boast higher capture rates over traditional box and corral traps that rely on a mechanical trigger tripped by wild pigs. Aerial gunning with a helicopter proved to be a viable population reduction tool (Campbell et al. 2010). Even conventional hunting can be improved through the use of technologies such as night vision, thermal optics and firearm suppressors. Now, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are gaining a place in the management toolbox to improve management of wild pigs.
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