Monday, February 05, 2007
According to the Associated Press, a yearlong pig hunt began last weekend above Honolulu neighborhoods that have been beset by feral hogs. Hunting will be allowed on Sundays and Wednesdays from dawn until dusk. Given the proximity of neighborhoods, individuals can only hunt these wild pigs with dogs and knives or with bows and arrows. Special hunts will be held every other month on the full moon. You can see the effect of wild pigs on the Hawaiian ecosystem here--there are also other links here to sites about feral hogs. There is a local article on the hunt and the impact of these non-native species in the Honolulu Star Bulletin. You can find it here. In the article Terry Day, a local resident, notes "The pigs are very dangerous. They've gotten emboldened and come right behind houses everywhere you look. They're used to human smells and noises and are not going to be frightened away." Many residents have contracted with members of the Oahu Pig Hunters Association in the past to help deal with the feral pig problem. Alas, I haven't been able to find further information about this organization. I assume they are excited about these new hunting opportunities.