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November 3, 2013

NOW HEAR THIS: Going hog wild and crazy

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While I could find no statistics on the damage caused by vehicular accidents involving hogs, I’ve read that officials guess there are more than 10,000 accidents annually. I suspect this number is far too low. Insurance companies report 1.5 million deer/vehicle accidents each year. Probably hogs and others are lumped into this figure which results in over a billion dollars damage annually.

We have a problem. I have a solution.

This year we gave Egypt, a nation now controlled by, in my humble opinion, radical jihadist thugs, $1.55 billion dollars in foreign aid. I’m not sure we’re getting much bang for our buck with this insane giveaway. How about we keep this money here at home and use it to put a bounty on hogs. If my math is correct, $1.55 billion applied to 5 million hogs in the U.S. shakes out to $310 per hog. That’s a lot of incentive to cure a few hams. While there are those who claim that bounties do not work, facts prove otherwise. Wolves, bears, and other large predators on livestock were essentially exterminated during the past century as a result of bounty hunters in the U.S.

Back in the 1980s raccoon furs were in great demand, fetching over $30 per pelt. Within a year these pesky bandits were as scarce as honest lawyers. Imagine what more than $300 per pig would do to feral hog numbers.

Larry M. Jones is a retired Navy commander and aviator who raises cattle and hay in the Brock/Lazy Bend part of Parker County. Comments may be directed to nowhearthis@pwhome.com.

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