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.November 12, 2014 PAGE 9 STONE COUNTY ENTERPRISE OUTDOORS Wild hogs are a nui- only damages the turf- sance and potential dan- grass, but contributes to ger to farmers and erosion, slope destabi- landowners throughout lization and sedimenta- the United States. lion. Underground pipes Brought to the Americas for irrigation systems by early Spanish explor- also may be damaged in ers as a livestock animal the process. and later transported by Wild hogs present hunting enthusiasts, additional problems in wild hogs have spread urban areas. Vehicle col- rapidly throughout the lisions with wild hogs Southeast. may result in property One reason wild hogs damage and personal are a growing problem injury to drivers and is they can adapt quickly passengers. When sur- to a variety of tempera- prised or threatened by tures, climates and con- people or their pets, ditions. They also repro- wild hogs can be aggres- duce rapidly and have siva and may attack. few, if any, effective predators, other than Wild hogs can transmit humans, diseases such as brucel- Wild hogs are oppor- losis, E. call bacteria tunistic omnivores, and pseudorabies --just although they prefer to name a few -- to eating plant material, humans, pets, livestock But they will also eat and wildlife. Wild hogs invertebrates, such as that wallow, defecate worms; insects and lar- and urinate in water vae; small mammals; supply reservoirs, irriga- and the eggs and young lion waters, ponds or of native ground-nesting streams can make these birds and reptiles, water sources temporar- The most obvious sign ily unusable. of the presence of wild Humans can catch dis- hogs on your property is eases from wild hogs damage to crops, fields, when they handle hog trees or soil. Hogs dig carcasses. Always wear up soil when rooting for disposable gloves to pre- food and wallow in wet vent exposure to bacte- soil to cool off. ria. Cook wild hog meat Since 2000, wild hog to 16o degrees. sightings have become Managing wild hogs in more frequent in urban an urban setting comes and suburban spaces with unique challenges. across the U.S. Wild hog Because of the proxim- damage is often seen on ity to humans and pets grassy areas, such as in urban areas, shooting lawns, parks, golf cours- or hunting with dogs are as, cemeteries and lev- not always feasible ees. This rooting not options. Often, the only The Mississippi restrictions. When Department of Wildlife, hunting on WMAs, Fisheries, and Parks youth hunters must be (MDWFP) encourages in the presence and youth hunters to take under the direct super- advantage of early deer vision of a Mississippi hunting opportunities licensed or exempt and specially designated hunter at least 21 years hunting areas on of age. Wildlife Management The MDWFP reminds " Areas (WMAs) across all WMA hunters that the state. Many WMAs they are required to will open for the youth wear a full-body harness deer hunting season on (fall-arrest system) November 8 for youth while climbing a tree, 15 years old and installing a tree stand younger. Canal Section that uses climbing aids, WMA and Divide or while hunting from a Section WMA (located tree stand on a WMA. in Northeast While required or/ Mississippi) and Pearl WMAs, the MDWFP River WMA (located in urges all hunters to wear central Mississippi) are and know how to prop- some examples of areas erly use a full-body har- that offer designated ness while hunting from hunting areas for youth, an elevated position. Subject to specific WMA Hunters need to take regulations, youth may time before the hunt to harvest one buck with be sure they have all the any hardened antler per proper safety equip- day, not to exceed three ment. 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NE Allstate Life flsura~c~O~r., Corr~Dat~y, N~th~rook, iL, an{J Amen)can H~dlag~ Life In~uta~ce Company. Ja~,~em~!!e, FL !r~ N~W m York, Allstate Life Insurance Compa~ o New Yt~rk H~uppatlge, NY Northbmok, !L ~) 2010 AIIs~a.',e l~su~l~ce ,3o "Net do we stud beldnd our wbtdows... we stand oa U d" - I~al ~, WILD HOGS REPRODUCE QUICKLY, HAVE FEW NATURAL PREDATORS AND CAN CAUSE DAMAGE AND SPREAD DIS- EASE, MAKING THEM MORE THAN A MERE NUISANCE TO HUMANS. available controls are trapping and exclusion methods, such as fenc- ing. Additionally, the efforts of wildlife and law enforcement offi- cials to control wild hogs are sometimes complicated by the pub- lic's perception that these animals are tame or harmless. Well-mean- ing individuals who feed wild hogs can exacer- bate the problem by habituating them to humans. The Mississippi State University Extension Service is currently working with farmers and landowners to quantify the economic impact of wild hog dam- age in the state. They are also investigating the public's perception and knowledge of wild hogs. Future research will involve quantifying Animal Care Clinic OU~ PASSION. Warren Martin, DVM Mon., Wed., fri 7:3Oom'Spm Toes,, Thurs. /:30om-6pm 8om-12pm wild hog damage to public lands as well as damage resulting from human-hog interactions in urban areas. Knowing that wild hogs are a growing con- cern in Mississippi and avoiding behaviors that encourage them from coming to your land or your neighborhood are critical to the long-term management and con- Holly Ladiner Kilpatrick Mason Kilpatrick September 13, 2014 Paige Williams Arthur Henske December 27, 20t4 Abbey Morvant Curt Amacker November 15, 2014 301 Fifth Ave. W 601-528-9899 trol of these animal ................ ....... ....... pests. 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