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December 15, 2010 [] I OUTDOORS www.stonecountyenterprise.com ! STONE COUNTY ENTERPRISE 7 KAREN TEMPLETON The presence of antibod- MSU AG ies does not mean the ani- COMMUNICATIONS reals are diseased. The antibodies indicate that the Feral swine, commonly animals have been exposed called "wild pigs," can do to those diseases at some more than damage crops point in their lives. and property; they also can "Swine brucellosis can transmit diseases to infect many animal humans and domestic ani- species. It can cause late- mals. term abortions, infertility Feral swine are a non- and sometimes arthritis in native, highly" adaptable swine and cattle,', said Dr. species found throughout S.W. Jack, Mississippi the country. They, have State University College of been seen in Mississippi Veterinary Medicine pro- since the 198os and have fessor. "The disease can be caused significant agricul- transmitted to humans tural and environmental who handle infected ani- damage, mals, so we are urging The U.S. Depm'tment of hunters and others who Agriculture's Animal and come in contact with feral Plant Health Inspection swine to take precautions." Service has been monitor- Jack, who specializes in ing diseases in feral swine pathology and population across the state. Thus far, medicine, said swine bru- they have examined more cellosis can be transmitted than 323 hogs from 23 through swine's bodily flu- Mississippi counties, ids and causes flu-like "Antibodies for Brucella symptoms in humans. suis, or swine brucellosis, "Pseudorabies, while not were found in 15 swine in dangerous to humans, can three counties," said Kris be transmitted from swine Godwin, APHIS' to cattle and dogs. It is Mississippi Wildlife sometimes called 'mad Services Director. "There itch' and can pose a major were also 17 swine in five health threat to domestic counties that tested posi- animals," Jack said. "In tive for antibodies for cattle and dogs, it can pseudorabies." cause abnormal posture mm mmm through a window said. "He forged a check because he was hungu, for $149.76/' As of Tuesday morning, Wiggins police officers Stokes was still in custody spotted at the Stone County Johnson Regional Correctional walking Facility awaiting an initial down the appearance, street in GaD" Johnson, a 44-year- Wiggins old resident of Wiggins is and at the SCRCF with, a ......... placed $5,ooo bond after being him charged with felony utter- under G. $ohnson ing. arrest. Johnson was staying with Johnson a Wiggins resident and denied he had written the gained access to her check- check, but an assistant book. manager at Keith's picked "He went to Keith's and him out of a lineup. treated himself," Roan and gait that rapidly pro- gresses to seizures, coma and death." Currently, neither disease is present in Mississippi's domestic livestock. However, because antibod- ies for these diseases have been found in feral swine, experts caution Mississippians to be dili- gent about protecting themselves, their domestic animals and the state's liVestock. "Hunters need to practice proper precautions when handling feral swine car- casses," Godwin said. "Wear gloves when han- dling and cleaning wild game. Also, as with any other pork product, feral swine meat needs to be cooked thoroughly before it is eaten." Godwin said hunters mmm would let her know in the near future. Rogers said the facility was made possible by an $86,500 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development program. "We've been working on this for a couple of years," she said. "We bought the building when it became available and knew we would eventually do some- thing with it." A former laundromat, the building required the removal of the washers and dl ers, new walls, flooring and wiring. Rogers said it had met Health Department stan- dards for a commercial kitchen, meaning entrepre- neurs can produce salable items for retail. Mary Graham, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Vice- President, was intrigued by the idea of a kitchen/class- room in close proximity to the Perkinston campus. "We're in the process of should keep their unvacci- nated dogs away from feral swine. "ttunting dogs that cor- ner feral swine pose one of the greatest risks. The swine will obviously feel threatened and could become more aggressive," she said. "We encourage hunting these invasive pigs, but we want hunters to keep themselves, their hunting dogs and pets safe. Do not allow" direct contact between unvaccinated dogs and the feral swine and don't allow your pets to eat raw feral swine meat." Jack said feral swine pop- ulations are growing rapid- ly, and they should be con- sidered an iuvasive species. "In order to reduce health threats, do not transport swine for hunting or any other purpose," ,Jack said. mmm building an Sn million eulinar '-arts facility at our Jefferson Davis campus," she said. "This may pro- vide an opportunity for distance learning classes for students at the Perk campus. "I certainly can't make any kind of commitment without consulting Dr. (Willis) Lott, but this could be advantageous to both organizations." Rogers said she was already in touch with Mississippi State University" concerning what technology would be necessary for distance learning classes and the UniversiW of Southern Mississippi had made a verbal agreement to pro- vide a graduate student to work at the facility 20 hours a week. Rogers has hopes that the facility will open within the next week and be ready for a grand opening celebra- tion shortly after the first of the year. "Mmdng these animals just increases the chance that they may- spread disease and also continue to increase populations." Landowners are encour- aged to trap or hunt feral swine to help reduce their population in the state. "Trapping folk)wed by euthanasia is an effective way to reduce feral swine populations," Godwin said. "Make sure to have a door that closes once pigs have entered and then prevents them from escaping." Landowners are permit- ted to hunt feral swine on their property 24 hours a day, all year long, Godwin said. "Trapping should be the primary means of removal, but we certainly encourage hunting as long as hunters follow appropriate safety precautions and state laws that pertain to feral swine," she said. Jack said suspected cases of disease should be reported to a local veteri- narian or the Mississippi Board of Animal Health at (6Ol) 359-1 7o. Wrangler Jeans & Belts ill imi Hwy. 26 being widened from 49 all the way to Stone County Hospital as opposed as just to First Street. "Not at this timel no," Castleberry said. He said MDOT uses an equation which figures a road's capacity and the vol- ume of traffic utilizing the road. 'Tour volume over capac- ity for that road wouldn't warrant widening it," he said. "Hwy. 49 is going to stand the best chance of improvement before 26." Miles expressed the frus- tration many Wiggins resi- dents must feel when try- ing to get across Hwy. 26. "I live on one side of 26 and my business is on the other side," he said. "Sometimes it seems like you've got to be born on the other side to get there." Castleberry said that under Vision 21, MDOT's plan for future roadway enhancements, Hwy. 26 simply wouldn't qualify. Because of the fact many people walk along Hwy. 26, the MDOT representatives said it may qualify for funds in the Safe Routes to Schools funding package. Stringfellow said the intersection of Hwy. 49, Magnolia Drive and Coastal Paper Road had been looked at, but was not found to be critical. "We'll keep that one on the radar," he said. Alexander strongly' dis- agreed with that view of the intersection. "It's a critical situation down there," he said. "We need some kind of relief there." The subject of signal lights for the Hall Street, 49 intersection was raised and, essentially, shot do n. "A signal doesn't neces- sarily mean less accidents," Castleberry said. It was suggested that it might be a good idea to close the intersection but that met with resistance from Ward 2 Alderman Gene Alexander. "When you kill Hall Street, you kill our devel- opment area," he said. Pol said people need to realize that funding for road construction was finite and a time may well be coming when MDOT will do nothing more than maintenance on roadways. "In 1998, the department levied an eight-and-a-half cents tax on fuel and we got about $8o0 million in 1998," he said. "Today, in 2OLO, we get about $800 million and the reason why is because fuel consump- tion has gone down. Cars get better mileage.., while sales taxes have gone up, (everybody) here in Mississippi has got to come to a consensus about this problem we're faced with and that is, we're going to eliminate positions like Red's in the construction field and just perform maintenance." Ward 3 Alderman Derrick UP TO Manufactured by I~ SEAWAY ROAD" GULFPORT" 2U'f196"6216 EXT, 230 NO ONE BEATS OUR PRICES! Custom Designed Trim Purlins Accessories. Insulation Gutter Systems Roll-Up, Passage, & Sliding Door Systems ALL TYPES OF STEEL & METAL AVAILABLE Gates asked about getting Opticon technology to change the traffic signal at College Avenue and Magnolia Drive when emergency vehicles leave the Wiggins Fire Department. 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