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raptor45

Madison, WI

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#1
Jul 2, 2009
 
I was looking at the TWRA websites and see that much of TN is plagued by wild/feral pigs and the state has no cloased season on them as they do property/crop damage.

Some of these hogs can weigh more than 500 pounds and they sport big tusks with which they can injure people... I would think they pose a greate danger to children than bears.

Anyone seen or had experience any east of the Holston River or Cherokee Lake?
Observer

Madisonville, TN

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#2
Jul 2, 2009
 
I've seen one, about 100 lbs, that a neighbor caught in his yard some years back. Never run into one in the woods. When they are brown and have the husks, I call them wild boars, not feral pigs. They don't look anything like domesticated pigs to me.
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Madisonville, TN

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#3
Jul 2, 2009
 
I was thinking more about this raptor.

How many people have been killed by wild boars in Tennessee in the last 100,000 years? There were zero before 1540 which is when those pigs got loose from Hernando de Soto as he was traveling through Tennessee, visiting the hundreds of large indian cities that were in the area at the time.

From 1540 to 2009 I am pretty sure the number is either zero are close to it.

If you are worried about risk to your kids, you need to look at the #1 source of death - car accidents.#2 for small kids is drowning in the bathtub or pool.

Pigs are so far down on that list that there is no point at all in worrying about it unless you already got the top 100 million causes of death taken care of, I am sure pigs are below the top 100 million point.

For what it's worth.
Observer

Madisonville, TN

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#4
Jul 2, 2009
 
I have a BIG correction/clarification to make. I meant killed by wild pig attacks.

Killed by pig diseases is a totally different matter. Those pigs are what carried the diseases that ended up killing off over 95% of the native population. Some say this was about 250 million people total killed by disease, eventually spanning throughout north and south america. I doubt all of those were from the pigs, but the huge die off that completely wiped out indian cultures in the southeastern united states is due entirely to pig disease.

That's also why you should be scared of the swine flu. Right now, it is back to the pigs where it is mutating and getting ready for next year's appearance. This year it was mild, the initial infections are not what you are worried about, those are the easy ones. The problem is after it moves back from human to pig and stays and mutates a while, then jumps back to humans.

This is going to be happening on pig farms now though and most likely not wild pigs, which have very little human contact.
raptor45

Madison, WI

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#5
Jul 2, 2009
 
Spose I'll need to raise a few porkers then as I was sorta hoping for free bacon.
Nobody

Maryville, TN

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#6
Jul 2, 2009
 
Pigs are known for their inteklligence and adaptability. An escaped pig will go feral very easily. I have never heard of any attacks on humans in this area though.
Bulldog

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#7
Jul 2, 2009
 
OK I'll try to explain it to you. Swine flu is not caused by pigs. The "pig" disease that wiped out the native Indians was no doubt trichinosis which is from under cooked pork.
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#8
Jul 2, 2009
 
I saw a thing on the news last spring where a guy in Texas captures feral pigs and sells them to restaurants. Makes good money at it too. Wonder if he has to give them all their shots before he can sell them? We just shoot them and give them to the coyotes. When those pigs tear up a hayfield, you'd think it was plowed ground.
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Madisonville, TN

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#9
Jul 2, 2009
 
There are a number of swine flus. The ones of interest are those that can infect both humans and pigs. The problem is that even if you manage to contain it in humans, it can incubate in hog populations and mutate there, then return to humans, more dangerous than before. And yes, this does happen. Claiming that trichinosis is what killed the indians is about the silliest and most ignorant thing that has ever been said anywhere.
Source

Knoxville, TN

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#10
Jul 2, 2009
 
I have never seen any wild boar in my area or while hiking. I hope we don't end up with a wild boar problem because they are very distructive to the enviroment.
lucky

Nashville, TN

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#11
Jul 2, 2009
 
A Feral Hog...Is this a hog that cannot produce piglets?
Parrot

Kingsport, TN

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#12
Jul 2, 2009
 
Well wrote:
I saw a thing on the news last spring where a guy in Texas captures feral pigs and sells them to restaurants. Makes good money at it too. Wonder if he has to give them all their shots before he can sell them? We just shoot them and give them to the coyotes. When those pigs tear up a hayfield, you'd think it was plowed ground.
When I lived in FL we had'em around all the time. It does look like a plow or bulldozer came thru. However, you waste the meat?!? That is some of the best pork you have ever eaten! What a waste.
Observer

Madisonville, TN

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#13
Jul 2, 2009
 
lucky wrote:
A Feral Hog...Is this a hog that cannot produce piglets?
Feral just means wild. It's typically used to mean an animal that used to be domesticated but got out and became wild.

The Tennessee wild pigs are combinations of Spanish pigs brought by de Soto, and some european wild boars that were intentionally released in order to create a wild boar population for hunting.
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Jul 2, 2009
 
Well wrote:
I saw a thing on the news last spring where a guy in Texas captures feral pigs and sells them to restaurants. Makes good money at it too. Wonder if he has to give them all their shots before he can sell them?
Feral pigs often carry brucellosis and false rabies. Both can decimate livestock populations of cattle, goats and horses. If you have a farm with animals, under no circumstances should you butcher a feral pig there. If you catch a feral pig, you are required by law to have it tested before you may transport it anywhere.
ON MCKINNEY

Knoxville, TN

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#15
Jul 2, 2009
 
South of Houston, TX i have seen some mounted heads with tusk where the hog was well over 1000lbs...stopped in a place on the way to Freeport the owner of the mkt was from close to Tellico and after talking about boars from that area he showed some of the monsters he had killed in Texas...unreal.
HOMETOWN

Knoxville, TN

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Jul 2, 2009
 

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We keep most of the hogs around here happy with taxes.
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Knoxville, TN

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#17
Jul 3, 2009
 
They had a program on Tv about the wild boar and they said some people purchased some Russian Boars that are known for their huge size and aggressive behavior and that they were turned loss and have inter bred with the European hogs that are in the US. That's why they are getting bigger and meaner.
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Knoxville, TN

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#18
Jul 3, 2009
 
I meant loose
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Knoxville, TN

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#19
Jul 3, 2009
 
Oink! Oink!

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