North Texas Cities Are Trapping Feral Hogs and Selling Them as Bacon. Mmm, Bacon.

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Feral hogs are, by all accounts, a pain in the ass. They're voracious. They obliterate crops, gardens and natural vegetation. They can do a helluva lot of damage to your front fender. And mostly? They're just dicks.

In Texas, their prevalence has prompted all sorts of countermeasures. One legislator wanted to mow them down by helicopter. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has done away with seasons and essentially given hunters carte blanche to slaughter wild hogs whenever and wherever they're found. The state even offered cash prizes to prolific hog catchers.

Those are all drops in the bucket, none of them making so much as a dent in the feral hog population. So they continue to root and ravage throughout the state and, increasingly, in North Texas.

In Arlington, the city's animal services department has been trapping and euthanizing the hogs for several years. But, as the Star-Telegram noted Thursday, the city has recently tried out a different approach.

Since October, city crews have captured 34 feral hogs. The animals are loaded into a trailer and taken to a Fort Worth meat-processing plant.

The city received $10 to $100 for each hog. Those proceeds, about $900 so far, are being used for new traps to keep the feral hog population in check and away from homes and park trails, Rentschler said.

Nor does Arlington appear to be alone in this approach. The city of Irving recently began shipping its feral hogs to Fort Worth's Frontier Meats, which will deliver wild boar bacon right to your door. I was curious how much of Frontier's supply came from municipalities but was told the only person who could answer my question won't be available for three weeks.

Curiously, Frontier does not advertise the specific provenance of its pork, referring to it generally as "Texas native." There's no mention of Arlington or Irving or anywhere else. Doesn't a slab of Arlington-fresh bacon just set one's mouth a-water?


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ilkandcookies
ilkandcookies

@pointsnfigures Coming soon to a futures exchange meat complex near you: Feral Hog futures! $FH_F

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

I don't eat pork anymore, but before I gave it up, I really developed a taste for Wild Boar Sausage.

fromtexasbygod
fromtexasbygod

Come on Eric, quit pulling information out of your ass to use in an article. You wrote that Texas Parks and Wildlife has done away with seasons on feral hogs, that is not true, since feral hogs have NEVER been classified as a game animal in the State of Texas, there has NEVER been a feral hog season. And another thing, while the meat from the average feral hog does make excellent sausage, roast, and pork steaks, they are so much leaner than domestic hogs that there is not enough fat content for a "bacon" cut, unless you like tiny little bacon strips about 1/4 inch wide. A 5 minute phone call to a Game Warden or a knowledgeable hunter could have prevented you coming across as an idiot making up shit as you go. One can't help but wonder how much of the rest of your work product is bullshit based on zero research.

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

Genius - a goverment entity found a way to make money

reverendvelvet
reverendvelvet

I thought feral hogs weren't safe to eat due to the high levels of a bacteria and parasites. Texas feral hogs have been found to carry a bacteria that causes rabbit fever - which can be transmitted to humans by touch or ingesting?

I think this is one free range meat I'll pass on.

observist
observist topcommenter

Thank god we have extended ammo magazines - otherwise we would have no way to protect ourselves from the Wild Hog Invasion.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

There are now millions of 'em.  They get so excited, they'll eat each other.  And they leave nothing.  Hogs will even lick up the blood-stained dirt.  If you want to get rid of somebody, feed them to the hogs.

LBeeze
LBeeze

@Dallas_Observer that's a #TexasHillCountry tradition!

Lakewooder
Lakewooder

Filthy animal, but I dig on swine.

Blake Wilson
Blake Wilson

This is why each Texan needs an AR. Bacon!!!!!

mcdallas
mcdallas

...and here come the "pig" jokes...

tcufrog
tcufrog

I know what I'm having Christmas morning.  It's the ultimate in locavore cuisine.

opes13
opes13

@ilkandcookies @pointsnfigures I like to trade the wild boar/feral hog pair...

fromtexasbygod
fromtexasbygod

@reverendvelvet  Did you make that up all by yourself, or did you hear it from Muhammad down at the Stop N Go.  Whatever the source, you don't what the fuck you're talking about.

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

@observist we hunt them with dogs and and a knife.

J_A_
J_A_

@holmantx Bleh! Disgusting. But why the hell do they have to taste so damn good...

JLgoesVegan
JLgoesVegan

@johnnyseale I like my page better :) @Dallas_Observer

pointsnfigures
pointsnfigures

@opes13 @ilkandcookies would love to see the HFT guys try and control that. They'd hire hunters to increase supply

BenS.
BenS.

@Sharon_Moreanus  

I know for a fact that the City of Dallas uses the Black Rain Ordnance AR-15 in city parks to shoot feral pigs. Illegally. They won't admit it but I have photos to prove it. Not only that they also advertise the sale of hunts if you have the money. Illegally.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@JaniceA @holmantx Free range fed; but they are known to have brucellosis and trichinella (don't ask).  You need to filed clean them with rubber gloves.  Plus they are covered with ticks.

You can catch them on the hoof and sell them to exporters who ship them to Europe, but they are not happy with you when penned.

Lakewooder
Lakewooder

@GuitarPlayer I'm pretty good on air guitar.... shred it like Jimi with a tennis racket, otherwise, no.

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