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This 400-pound feral hog is one of more than 1,200 that have invaded a Texas Air Force base since 2016
At least one Air Force base is waging a slow battle against feral hogs — and way, way more than 30-50 of them.
A Texas trapper announced on Monday that his company had removed roughly 1,200 feral hogs from Joint Base San Antonio property at the behest of the service since 2016.
Wyatt Walton, founder of Texas-based Lone Star Trapping, shared the news with local media after his team hauled a 400-pound hog off of the Gateway Hills Golf Course at Lackland Air Force Base, where the company is contracted for trapping operations through 2019, over the weekend.
"The work isn't done," Walton told reporters.
(Courtesy of Wyatt Walton)
He's not wrong. The United States is currently dealing with a "rapidly expanding" population of 6 million feral hogs across 39 states, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, an explosion that, in some places, has given rise to a cottage industry of helicopter-based hog hunting.
According to a 2017 JBSA environmental assessment, roughly 2.6 million of those swine reside in Texas, where they poses "a threat to human safety" near flight training facilities and military bases, among other properties.
"Feral swine are considered a harmful and destructive non-native, invasive, species," the assessment reads. "Being prolific breeders, increasing population of feral swine has led to various types of damage to vegetation, soils, ground and surface waters, floodplains, wetlands, and sensitive karst topography, while also posing threats to private property, and human health and safety."
JBSA officials has trying to figure out how to deal with its feral hog problem without resorting to some Starship Troopers shit for years. In May 2017, an Air Force draft document on JBSA sustainability concerns explicitly noted that growing feral hog populations were encroaching on training operations at both Lackland AFB and the Army's Camp Bullis.
(U.S. Air Force)
The following July, JBSA officials began an assessment of "site-specific methods" to remove errant hogs from the affected areas, focusing on "a combination of hunting and trapping" at Bullis.
That process, according to the assessment, included dosing said hogs with non-toxic bait, following by "control activities," i.e. shooting hogs at night from one of Bullis's several Hughes OH-6 Cayuse light utility helicopters
"Personnel involved in shooting operations will be fully trained and qualified in the use of the specific weapons used by their employing agency, [and] personnel will direct gunfire exclusively at feral swine," the document reads.
JBSA's 502nd Air Base Wing did not respond to requests for additional information from Task & Purpose. But to all those brave men and women at JBSA facing down a never-ending sea of feral hogs, we have one question: do you wanna live forever?
A Marine wanted for killing his mother's boyfriend reportedly escaped police by hiding inside an RV they'd spent hours searching before towing it to a parking lot, where he escaped under the cover of darkness.
It wasn't until more than two weeks later authorities finally caught up to Michael Brown at his mom's home, which was the scene of the crime.
Brown stuffed himself into a tight spot in his camper during an hours-long search of the vehicle on Nov. 10, according to NBC affiliate WSLS in Virginia. A day earlier, cops said Brown fatally shot his mother's boyfriend, Rodney Brown. The AWOL Marine remained on the lam until Nov. 27, where he was finally apprehended without incident.
No motive is yet known for last week's Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard shooting tragedy, which appears to have been a random act of violence in which the sailor who fatally shot two civilian workers and himself did not know them and did not plan his actions ahead of time, shipyard commander Capt. Greg Burton said in an "All Hands" message sent out Friday.
Machinist's Mate Auxiliary Fireman Gabriel Antonio Romero of San Antonio, an armed watch-stander on the attack submarine USS Columbia, shot three civilian workers Dec. 4 and then turned a gun on himself while the sub rested in dry dock 2 for a major overhaul, the Navy said.
"The investigation continues, but there is currently no known motive and no information to indicate the sailor knew any of the victims," Burton said.
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea said it had successfully conducted another test at a satellite launch site, the latest in a string of developments aimed at "restraining and overpowering the nuclear threat of the U.S.", state news agency KCNA reported on Saturday.
The test was conducted on Friday at the Sohae satellite launch site, KCNA said, citing a spokesman for North Korea's Academy of Defence Science, without specifying what sort of testing occurred.
Since the Washington Post first published the "Afghanistan papers," I have been reminded of a scene from "Apocalypse Now Redux" in which Army Col. Walter Kurtz reads to the soldier assigned to kill him two Time magazine articles showing how the American people had been lied to about Vietnam by both the Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon administrations.
In one of the articles, a British counterinsurgency expert tells Nixon that "things felt much better and smelled much better" during his visit to Vietnam.
"How do they smell to you, soldier?" Kurtz asks.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Erik Prince, the controversial private security executive and prominent supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump, made a secret visit to Venezuela last month and met Vice President Delcy Rodriguez, one of socialist leader Nicolas Maduro's closest and most outspoken allies, according to five sources familiar with the matter.