Osvaldo Rojas Is at War with Dallas' Feral Hogs, and His Weapon Is His Smartphone
From its website, City Trapping comes off as slick, big ol' hog-snatchin' company, with a perfectly corporate "About Us" description: "We help alleviate your destructive feral hog problems in a secure, safe, and humane process."
But it's actually just one guy, hunting-loving business owner Osvaldo Rojas, who does all the trapping himself.
"It's just me," he, tells Unfair Park.
Rojas is the hog trapper who recently won the $284,000 hog-catching contract with the city of Dallas. Using some fancy traps and his cell phone, Rojas plans to capture as many feral hogs as he can here over the three years.
His plan is to set up video cameras in areas where feral hogs are likely to be doing their weird little feral hog thing, which consists of destroying nature, attacking any and all living things that get in their way and mating like crazy.
When hogs gather by one of his traps, he gets an alert on his cell phone. Then, from his phone, he can program the trap to close in on the animals.
"All of the traps are programmed to send me the images, and I'm the only one that can command it to shut," he says.
It's not safe for him to disclose where exactly the traps will be. "Not that I don't want anybody know, it's just that I don't what the wrong people to know," he says. In previous years, the wrong people have unleashed their dogs on the trapped boars to eat the hogs alive, or have sold the traps for scrap metal.
Rojas is based here but works remotely across the United States. His service, including the 24-hour-surveillance that he controls by phone, goes for about $3,000 a trap.
"If you see a hog and it's charging, run as fast as you can," he says. "If you have a little one, hold him up high, because it's coming."
On that high note, be encouraged that after the terrifying hogs are trapped by Rojas, they are shipped to local slaughterhouses, killed, turned to meat and exported to other countries, Rojas says. Fun fact: In China, wild boar meat is considered an aphrodisiac.