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Wild hog removal program needs citizens help

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Wednesday, April 14 2010

Wild hogs have been confirmed...

BATH, Michigan – The Michigan Wildlife Conservancy, a non-profit organization based in Bath, near Lansing, is asking citizens to help strike back against our state’s growing population of wild hogs.  The group has been educating people for several years about the threat posed by the estimated 3,000 to 5,000 wild hogs in Michigan, and now has an action program that goes far beyond simply encouraging sport hunters to shoot wild hogs.

Hundreds of wild boars, mostly of Eurasian stock, have escaped from hunting ranches and breeding/raising facilities in Michigan.  Wild hogs have been confirmed in at least 69 of Michigan’s 83 counties.  Most are in bands of fewer than 20 animals, but are reproducing in the wild and spreading.  The hogs are already causing crop and forest damage, and diseases that could devastate the domestic swine industry have been found in free-roaming wild hogs shot in Michigan in two locations.

Wild hogs have gotten out of c...

In 2008, the Wildlife Conservancy helped sponsor renowned wild hog expert, Dr. Jack Mayer, of South Carolina, who conducted several related seminars.  Now the organization has developed The Michigan Wild Hog Removal Program in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services branch and many other groups.  The program aims to develop a network of trained volunteers who can work with biologists and technicians in a widespread hog elimination program.  Volunteers will help find hogs and set and monitor corral-type traps provided through the program.  Several traps have already been built with funds from the Conservancy and groups like the Michigan Pork Producers Association and Michigan Forest Association.

To succeed at controlling wild hogs the Wildlife Conservancy would like to build and deploy 100 corral traps around the state.  Each trap costs $450 for materials and labor, so $45,000 is needed just for the traps.  The Conservancy and USDA are calling on sportsmen’s groups, conservation districts, farm organizations and all groups interested in wildlife and natural resources to sponsor a wild hog trap or host a fundraiser locally for the project.

“Wild hogs have gotten out of control in nearly 40 other states, causing an estimated $1.5 billion in damage to forests, residential areas, crops, and livestock annually,” said Conservancy President Bill Taylor, of Olivet.  “We intend to make Michigan as inhospitable as possible for this exotic species, and need citizen help on many fronts—finding and reporting hogs, fund-raising, contacting legislators, and educating others about this menace.”

The Wildlife Conservancy is asking citizens to report the presence of wild hogs to USDA Wildlife Services at (517) 336-1928 or via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Wild hogs are nomadic, that is, they don’t stay long in any location.  So, it is important that citizens report wild hogs immediately when they spot animals or see hog signs.  Citizens interested in possibly becoming volunteer trappers in the program should contact the Conservancy to obtain related information.  The Conservancy will offer a group training session for such volunteers at its headquarters in Bath on Wednesday, May 12 from 6:00-9:30 p.m.  For information about the session contact the Conservancy at (517) 641-7677 or via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

“Citizens are the key to controlling Michigan’s growing wild hog problem,” said Tim Wilson, a biologist with USDA Wildlife Services.  “The hogs are too widespread for traditional control efforts by governmental agencies to be cost effective.  This partnership gives us a chance to put our effort when and where it will do the most good.”


#1 Ryan Bladzik 2010-04-15 11:40
This may sound like a puerile question, but do these wild hogs have any culinary value? I know "wild boar" is a feature of many fine-dining and game establishments--are these of the same ilk or is it just dirty meat?
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#2 Jason M Hughes 2010-04-15 12:47
The feral pigs in other states were hunted and consumed in other states. I am not sure if these are the same though. If the wild hogs discussed in this article are the feral pigs in other states then there is a lot of culinary value.
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#3 Gary the Foot 2010-04-18 21:23
Speaking of wild hogs, what's the scoop on Taco Bell? Pete, has it broken ground yet? We're waiting! Also, what gives with Happy's Pizza? Not that we need another pizza joint, but I'll take progress anyway I can get it!
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#4 Peter Clemens 2010-04-18 22:25
The Taco Bell is still coming, but there may be a lawsuit filed by a competitor to block its opening, stay tuned. Happys Pizza is still progressing, haven’t heard why they have stopped construction. The old Irish Pub downtown has been sold and the power has recently been turned back on. The new owners have applied for a DDA liquor license. The new Hydroponics Supply store will be opening next to the Smokers Outlet within a few weeks. And lastly we have been approached by an individual who is interested in opening a bakery in the downtown area; they are looking for their ideal location. More to come soon.
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#5 Janet Leslie 2010-04-18 23:03
I can't answer your questions, Gary, but I'd just like to add that the renovations Happy's Pizza has made to that strip mall really look great. THAT'S progress. Now...if only they could do something about that big dated old sign out front...a ground-mounted sign would really suit the new look of the building.
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#6 Ryan Bladzik 2010-04-19 06:22
Gary, the Village of Holly planning commission granted the developers of Taco Bell a 1 year site-plan extension back in January, and the Zoning Board of Appeals approved a necessary variance for the property in February. It is my understanding that it should be finished by the end of the year.
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#7 Ryan Bladzik 2010-04-19 07:25
Thanks, Pete! Also, a pet-supply store is expected to open in the building on the corner of Saginaw and Elm (yellow-and-red) in early May.
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#8 Janet Leslie 2010-04-19 09:12
May I make the gentle suggestion that the owners of the pet supply store repaint the building? The building is a very cool example of mid-century modern commercial architecture, and it deserves a more appropriate color scheme.
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#9 Gary the Foot 2010-04-19 09:14
Thanks everyone for their responses. Also, I apologize for posting the question on this article, but I couldn't find an open forum to do so.

Regarding the renovations, I wish there was a way to incentivize Happy's Pizza or someone else to just finish off the whole building. I know the entire building is not theirs, but it would seem to behoove them (and the Village) to spread the appealing look the rest of the way.
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#10 Ryan Bladzik 2010-04-19 09:22
Janet, although the Planning Commission has no authority to require it, we made the strong recommendation that the facade of the building would be much improved with paint, and referred them to the DDA's Facade Grant program. However, the funds in that grant program are limited and it's first-come, first-serve, so I don't know if they'll have access to any funds from that program.

It was brought up by the owner, though, that the building was painted ketchup-and-mustard due to a previous request to paint the building when a previous use was issued. Why those colors were chosen, it was not stated and I cannot speculate.
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#11 Janet Leslie 2010-04-19 10:36
It's funny that you refer to the color scheme as "ketchup-and-mustard," because those are the exact colors my first place of employment was painted. It was a hot dog stand.

Thanks to the Planning Commission for recommending an improvement.
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