Feasibility of Feral Swine Trapping Equipment Cooperatives

Phil Kenkel

Bill Fitzwater Cooperative Chair, Oklahoma State University

There are over 6M feral swine in the U.S. creating over $1.5B of damages annually. Because of their high reproductive capacity, control methods must eliminate 75% of the population annually to match population growth. Trapping swine with remotely monitored and triggered traps is considered an effective control strategy. Alternative control options include ground shooting, aerial shooting, and poisoning. Sophisticated traps can cost over $5,000 and are cost prohibitive for many landowners. …