El Dorado News

October 15, 2018
El Dorado News Times


Letters to the Editor, 11-03-17

This article was published November 3, 2017 at 5:00 a.m.

To the Editor:

(In response to Richard Mason's column Feral Hogs printed 10-22-17)

Feral hogs are a serious problem causing wildlife habitat destruction but also to agricultural lands in Arkansas.

Naturally, feral hogs causing damage to cropland and pastures cost farmers and landowners millions of dollars annually. However, the solution to this problem is not to reintroduce predators (wolves, cougars and bears). Livestock producers are already suffering damages from other predators such as the black-headed vulture and feral dogs. Reintroducing more predators would only cause more problems for producers impacting our livelihoods.

Several land-grant universities are currently working on toxicants specific to hogs. Hopefully they will be registered for use in Arkansas.

For now, trapping and hunting are our only viable option for controlling these pests.

Joe Vestal


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