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Officials plan to exterminate San Diego County's naturalized pigs

June 24, 2011 | Hunting & Wildlife Management / Pigs / Domesticated & Feral Animals / Take Action
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Please comment today.

This proposal relies on a study indicating that the rooting of free-roaming pigs in California reduces the number and size of oak tree seedlings. So does human land development "“ and much more so. Why is the pressure against the pigs?

To send comments about the project:

California resident and everyone can comment. You can send your comments to the U.S. Forest Service by mailing them before June 26 to Pete Gomben, environmental coordinator, Cleveland National Forest, 10845 Rancho Bernardo Road, Suite 200, San Diego, CA 92127. Comments may be made by phone at 858-674-2901 or fax at 858-673-6192. Comments may also be emailed in a Word (.doc) rich text format (.rtf), portable document format (.pdf) or text format to Pete Gomben.

The pigs - there are 200 to 300 feral pigs in San Diego County - are already subjected to hunting. Starting this year, the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management, together with the USDA Wildlife Services and possibly contract companies, are planning to use cage traps, corral traps, federal hunters with guns and dogs and even aerial hunting to kill all the pigs they can.

It will cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars, and, as these bloodbaths usually are, it will be futile. It will also have unintended ecological consequences.

The present scoping period in which the public may comment on the project extends to June 26. A draft environmental assessment will be drawn up, and the public will have another 30 days to comment on that draft document.

The more we comment, the better for the pigs. Point out (in your own words) that:

A. This plan is ethically reprehensible.

B. It is an unnecessary waste of resources.

C. Once feral (reportedly turned loose for hunting purposes), the pigs now fit into the ecosystem: they are naturalized in it. They eat acorns and other seeds, grass and water plants. They also benefit the oak tree population by burying acorns into the ground with their hooves, and they in turn are a food source for mountain lions.

Comments

My comments relate to the plan to exterminate San Diego County's naturalized pigs. I strongly oppose the plan for the following reasons: The plan is ethically reprehensible. It is an unnecessary waste of resources. Once feral (reportedly turned loose for hunting purposes), the pigs now are an integral part of the ecosystem: they are naturalized in it. They eat acorns and other seeds, grass, and water plants. They also benefit the oak tree population by burying acorns into the ground with their hooves, and they in turn are a food source for mountain lions. Thank you for the opportunity to comment on this plan.

Why in the world would BLM management, Wildlife services etc. focus on killing these naturalized pigs? It is a waste of energy, money, and it is down right immoral. Please stop this inane "plan". Thank you

I am addressing this comment to the planned extermination/slaughter of the pigs in San Diego. Why is it humans have the tendency to kill off anything and everything that might get in our way. You could do a sterilization project, catch and release, to control the numbers, but a mass slaughter is not only inhumane it is immoral. Is this what we teach children?

Even pigs have the right to exist. Please reconsider you awful plan.

this is so sad, they never asked to be there and to be killed because people cant cope is always the answer. lets kill what we can, there has to be another answer, maybe some kind of sterilization project. at least the ones there could live out there lives.

You cannot permit an animal live freely,adapted to a place,live in peace until the day you decide began killing.It is unjust,inhuman,an horror and SHAMEFUL.

Let nature be natural… it’s best that way.

Please let these naturalized pigs live! They didn't do anything to deserve to be killed! Didn't you ever learn that killing is wrong? It is not the answer! There are better solutions that do not include murdering innocent animals. Leave the pigs alone.

It's okay for the cougars to kill and eat these pigs, but not okay for humans to do the same????? FoA comments: Yes. Cougars must kill to survive. Humans need not. It's a lesson humans are very slow in learning.

Once feral (reportedly turned loose for hunting purposes), the pigs now fit into the ecosystem: they are naturalized in it. They eat acorns and other seeds, grass and water plants. They also benefit the oak tree population by burying acorns into the ground with their hooves, and they in turn are a food source for mountain lions.

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