Wild hog herds spreading in Kentucky
Posted: Friday, August 20, 2010 9:46 am
OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — State wildlife officials say herds of wild hogs are spreading in Kentucky, but a booking agent for hunters says he can’t find enough of the animals to justify bringing in clients to hunt them.
A state survey in 1998 found wild hogs in only two counties in southeastern Kentucky, said Chad Soard, a state wildlife biologist. By 2005, he said, they were spotted in seven counties, including Muhlenberg and Christian in western Kentucky, the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer reported.
By 2008, herds were reported in 15 to 17 counties, and now “we’ve documented them in 32 counties and we suspect them in another dozen or so,” Soard said.
The state has no estimate of the total number of wild hogs. “But one male and one female can produce a litter of six, and in six months, they will be sexually active,” Soard said. “The population can explode in a very short time.”
In western Kentucky, there’s a herd of wild hogs in the Pond River bottoms along the Muhlenberg, Hopkins and Christian county border that could number 1,000, according to state fish and wildlife officials.
Dustin Mizell, an Alabama-based booking agent with HuntingTripsRUs.com, said he would like to bring hunters to Kentucky to help eradicate the wild hogs. But he can’t find enough hogs to make a trip feasible, he said. “There’s more people wanting to hunt them than there are hogs,” he told the Owensboro newspaper. “I get an average of four inquiries a week from people who want to hunt hogs in Kentucky.”
Published in The Messenger 8.20.10