Feral hogs are a growing problem in Arkansas and across the United States.
These wild pigs have an estimated total population between four and five million across approximately 39 states. They cause approximately $1.5 billion annually in agricultural and ecological costs. Also, they present challenging and, in most states, year-round and unrestricted hunting opportunities. Hunting should remain a part of any feral hog management program.
The Arkansas Legislature created the Feral Hog Eradication Task Force in 2017 and directed it to create a plan for the eradication of feral hogs in Arkansas. As part of that effort, the Task Force is seeking input from Arkansans regarding the use of Kaput Feral Hog Bait as a method of control in eradication efforts.
Arkansans may submit responses to the Task Force by completing an online survey at this link, or by sending comments to Arkansas Agriculture Secretary Wes Ward at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments are due by Oct. 22 and will be presented to the Task Force at its next scheduled meeting on Oct. 25.
Kaput Feral Hog Bait is warfarin-based and effective in killing feral hogs. Dispensed through special feeders that purportedly limit other animals’ access, it causes hogs to die of internal bleeding within four to seven days.
Some interested parties have warned against allowing livestock to graze or hunting to occur around the baited feeders until at least 90 days after removing the poison. Apparently, warfarin turns the innards of feral hogs blue, which would be obvious upon butchering what hogs were poisoned.
Additional information regarding feral hogs, the Task Force. and Kaput Feral Hog Bait is available here.
Safari Club International supports responsible feral hog management practices, including hunting, but has not taken a position on the risks and impacts this toxicant may have on non-target species or hunting when used to control feral hog populations.