The war on feral hogs at Land Between the Lakes on the border of Kentucky and Tennessee has escalated, with plans announced last week to shoot them on sight from helicopters.
The winter campaign to eradicate feral hogs at LBL begins in November and also includes bait trapping and euthanasia, managed by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Forest Service.
Feral hogs are nonnative and threaten visitor safety, cultural sites, and native plant and wildlife species, LBL officials said.
I live halfway across the State from the area described, close enough to the State line that I can shoot a rifle from my back porch and blow up a Kentucky meth lab, but I’ve yet to see a single feral hog or even any sign of one since I’ve been here.
Come to think of it, I haven’t even seen a domesticated hog here.