Osvaldo Rojas Is at War with Dallas' Feral Hogs, and His Weapon Is His Smartphone

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Richard Bart
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.

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36 comments
Kenneth W. Jordan
Kenneth W. Jordan

Along the river? Why not use alligators...? Cost effective and the city won't pay a dime

Elizabeth Hart
Elizabeth Hart

procreate faster than rabbits. Hope he has set a lot of traps.

Frederick Szczepanski
Frederick Szczepanski

I've lived here since I was 1 and never once have I seen a pig, nor hog, let alone a feral one.

mcdallas
mcdallas

Give that man a helicopter!

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

We trap the the same way in Turkey.

China truck come thru every two weeks to pay n take.

But when hunting them we use dogs and a blade.

Obummer
Obummer

Yo n China dey likez dog meatz in dere Chinese foodz too.

Julie Parker Perigard
Julie Parker Perigard

Ok I just moved here in march from Seattle. Is this for real?! There are feral hogs roaming the city? Holy crap! I have visions of luaus and bacon dancing through my head!

Yale Eliot Johnson
Yale Eliot Johnson

If anyone needs help removing them, I will be glad to help, or can put you in touch with people that can.

J_A_
J_A_

Damn, these pigs know how to party! They seem to be going hog wild.

Elaine Prokup
Elaine Prokup

He doesn't have to tell us...just as long as he is catching them. Those things freak me out.

roo_ster
roo_ster

"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.

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Props for his use of the royal "we."

 

ruddski
ruddski

The hogs "destroy nature". So do deer and cats, but no-one is slaughtering them. This is clear bigotry, who will speak for these animals, who can only grunt and squeal?

dingo
dingo

@roo_sterDoesn't look 100% humane in the trap vendor video with the hogs flying into the fence and the juvenile paralyzed after the collision.

Maybe they should utilize brain disintegrators like they had in Mars Attacks!

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

 @ruddski I agree, the time for cat and deer slaughter is nigh.

(BTW, kudos for successfully trolling the usual suspects.  Not sure why Myrna didn't grab on to the cat part, but maybe she's just getting wily and suspicious like a feral hog.)

Rumpunch1
Rumpunch1

@ruddski Deer is not very common within the city limits and outside of city limits are subject to a hunting season.  Cats in my neighborhood are just part of the food chain due to the coyotes.  Also, cats and deer do not charge people, therefore are less of a public threat.

Within the city limits, feral hogs only have one predator - man.

Tim.Covington
Tim.Covington

@ruddski 

1. Feral hogs are not a native species.
2. As someone who spends a large amount of time in the woods, I can attest to the damage they do. They destroy ground cover and are omnivores who decimate the young of many native species.
3. As far as cats go, what they do is nothing compared to the destruction caused by feral hogs. Yes, the feral cats will kill rodents (like squirrels) and songbirds in areas where they have no natural predation (like neighborhoods). But, they really aren't capable of spreading into truly wild areas the way feral hogs are.

roo_ster
roo_ster

@dingo @roo_ster Agreed with the brain disintegration dealie, given that we place federal and state legislators and bureaucritters in the cage instead of feral hogs.

ruddski
ruddski

@everlastingphelps @ruddski 

Myrna only cares if you attack Dear Leader or his health-care fiasco. She knows cats are for the most part useless and indefensible. BTW, anything more than a .22 is unfair to the damn cat.

ruddski
ruddski

@MaxNoDifference @ruddski 

I know one current or former DISD employee who frequents this forum occassionally, he's a bit feral, and admits to brain damage, and brags of being a "assistant substitute teacher". See if you can spot the little lawyer-bait.

ruddski
ruddski

@pak152 @ruddski 

I've seen them. Many animals have little or no regard for plants and soil, and people, just sayin'.

ruddski
ruddski

@Tim.Covington @ruddski 

Feral hogs are native now. They aren't going anywhere.

Full Disclosure, I don't shoot hogs, but I've been hell on those damn cats, feral or not, and I used to shoot dogs off-leash as well, because they are hell on deer.

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