Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Wild Pigs in San Diego County

The L.A. Times had an article a few days ago (here) about the growing problem posed by wild pigs in San Diego County, California and the joint efforts of the Forest Service and two Native American tribes, the Barona band of Mission Indians and the Viejas band of Kumeyaay Indians, to do something about the problem. The article notes that it is unclear where these wild-living pigs (a term I came to prefer from reading the literature on this issue globally in working on Pig) came from but that proposed efforts to eradicate them have proven quite controversial. We might just be headed for a reprise of the debate over the mass extermination of wild-living pigs on Santa Cruz Island, a subject I discuss at length in Pig. The above image comes from the L.A. Times article, credited to the California Department of Fish and Game.

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