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Poison Bait May Help Control Wild Hogs
Wild hogs are out of control in many parts of the U.S. A new sodium nitrite-based bait from Australia called HogGone promises relief.
  Tyler Campbell, feral swine project leader, USDA, APHIS Wildlife Services, says the product and its delivery system are promising.
  “When sodium nitrite reacts with water, it produces nitrates that turn into ammonia gas,” explains Campbell. “With a lethal dose, there is a timed response. It causes a type of anemia, depleting the red blood cells of oxygen. The animal gets sleepy after about an hour, finds a place to bed down and doesn’t wake up.”
  Normally, wild hogs will reject the sodium nitrite because of its salty taste. HogGone is an encapsulated product that eliminates the taste and prevents the sodium nitrite from reacting with water before it’s eaten.
  The challenge is keeping non-target wildlife from eating the toxic bait. The company’s solution is a patented wild hog feeder. Campbell has worked with the company to fine tune the feeder, testing it on wild hogs in 6 states over the past two years.
  “It has guillotine-style doors that keep out most non-target animals; however, raccoons have at times figured it out,” he says. “We’ve made some modifications to keep them from getting in.”
  Expectations are that USDA approval of the product may take until 2015.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Tyler A. Campbell, National Wildlife Research Center, Florida Field Station, 2820 East University Ave., Gainesville, Fla. 32641 (ph 352 375-2229 ext. 39; Tyler.A.Campbell@aphis.usda.gov; www.aphis.usda.gov/wildlife_damage/feral_swine/index.shtml; or
Animal Control Technologies, 
46-50 Freight Drive, 
Somerton, Victoria, Australia 3062 (ph +61 3 9308 9688; enquiries@animalcontrol.com.au; www.animalcontrol.com.au).

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