Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Guy Reads - Wild Hog Edition

Wow, it's been a long time since we had a Guy Reads segment, I had begun to worry that intrepid ag reporter at the Dayton Daily News, Ben Sutherly, had been permanently reassigned.   

But never fear, last week the Dayton Daily News ran its annual OMG there are wild pigs in Ohio story (covered here expertly last year too).

This year's headline: Wild hogs could be past point of elimination in Ohio. This is a serious story for Husband because wild hogs can carry disease and if they came onto our farm they could wreck our feed, tear up our farmland and de-flower our gilts (virgin pigs--I'm not kidding).

It's amazing to think that there are hundreds of wild pigs in the state. According to the U.S. Department of Energy (not sure why they are involved), wild pigs cause 27,000 auto collisions a year nationwide.

In the comments section of the Dayton Daily News story, many were comparing wild pigs to coyotes, both wild animals that seem to know no boundaries with humans and encroach even in developed areas.

This is definitely not good. Oh, yes, it could be disasterous for the farm but I mean this is not good for me. How am I going to be a niche blogger with pigs in her back yard when everyone has pigs in their back yard.

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