That’s what Jonathan McKnight of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources says hunters should do if they encounter a wild hog in the woods or fields.
On the Outdoors page of Dec. 22 we ran the photo of Ron Cappadocia and the 200- to 300-pound wild hog the Flintstone area resident killed along Terrapin Run in eastern Allegany County.
McKnight, an associate director with responsibility for habitat conservation, said hunters are the first line of defense in keeping wild hogs out of the state.
“Hogs can devastate a landscape,” McKnight said. “They root through the vegetation and eat like pigs, leaving bare dirt and basically crushing the habitat for native animals, including white-tailed deer.”
The hog shot by Cappadocia is not the first dead wild pig to show up in the state, according to McKnight. There were two road kills a few years back, he said. Those were in Western Maryland just south of Bedford and Somerset counties in Pennsylvania.
McKnight believes that the hogs killed on Maryland roads originated in the Keystone State.
“Wild hogs are established in those two Pennsylvania counties,” McKnight said. “There is an ongoing control program there and I know that they have used both hunting seasons and sharpshooting techniques.”
A pig is a pig is a pig, according to McKnight, and that’s not good because that facilitates breeding and reproduction.
Dealing with pigs is a touchy proposition for DNR, according to McKnight, because they are not wildlife, they are livestock.
And, while he wants hunters to shoot wild hogs, McKnight wants them to use some common sense.
“If they see a pig wearing a tag that says ‘Fluffy’ along the edge of a neighbor’s yard, they’ll be breaking the law if they kill it because it’s not illegal to have a pet pig.”
If a hunter is on his own land or on land where he has permission to hunt and knows that a pig isn’t supposed to be there then 150 grains of lead moving at 2,600 feet per second or so should be directed its way.
“This doesn’t mean that if the neighbor’s pigs break out of a fence for an afternoon that a person should shoot them all and put them in his freezer,” McKnight said.
Cappadocia made good use of his hog, taking it right away to the butcher for processing.
Once feral or wild hogs become established in a habitat, they are very difficult to eradicate, according to McKnight.
“We hope hunters will work with DNR so that hogs never get estabished in Maryand,” he said.
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We’re certain that Donald Rumsfeld, who served as Secretary of Defense under Presidents Gerald Ford and George W. Bush, echoes what many Americans feel about the complexity of filing income tax returns.
When he filed his return, Rumsfeld sent the following letter to the Internal Revenue Service:
Public libraries remain one of the best uses of taxpayer dollars. They are open to all. Young or old, poor or wealthy, residents can use computers and read current magazines and newspapers. Compact discs featuring a wide variety of music and
movies on DVD may be checked out in addition to novels and other books.
Terps need to move and move quickly
The good news is Maryland will never have to play another basketball game in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Goodbye, good riddance, sayonara, smell ya, no more of you, stay classy, we won’t let the door hit us on the way out.
Until we see you in court.
Legislation that increases hunting oppportunities on Sundays in Garrett, Allegany and Washington counties has passed the Maryland General Assembly and reached the governor’s desk.
You’ll never guess who the real hero was (He was six feet tall and bulletproof)
Most folks know about the 20th Maine’s bayonet charge that repulsed the Rebels at Little Round Top because they watched the movie, “Gettysburg.”
Capt. Gary and First Sgt. Goldy post ourselves a hundred yards or so away from where it happened in real life. Tourists frequently ask us how to find it.
Early morning lunar eclipse this Tuesday
For the first time since 2011, our area may see a total lunar eclipse as the moon will pass through the Earth’s deep shadow.
How many deer on Green Ridge?
A study completed in 2013 by a master’s degree candidate at the University of Delaware showed that there are 20 to 30 deer per square mile on the Green Ridge State Forest, including some pretty darn nice bucks.
Then again, he’s manager of the Yankees, and I’m not
I went to bed confused Wednesday night, which in itself is nothing new. But having
watched most of the Orioles-Yankees game, including the final three innings, earlier
in the evening, then watching the late Baseball Tonight before I turned in, I was under the impression that the Yankees had won the game when I was pretty sure before watching the show that the Orioles had won.
Who knows how many times she poisoned him?
My dad used to say that if tobacco and coffee tasted as good as they smelled, the world would be a better place.
Rusty writes about the nature of doghood
I am a dog.
Therefore I bark.
I don’t understand why it is so hard for humans to understand this.
I mean, there are certain things that come with the territory, right?
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