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Wild pigs in the East Bay?

I wrote about finding wild (feral) pigs last fall in an area of remote public land on Truman Lake where I animal capture via boat. I saw the group of pigs some sort of couple of times last fall, mostly small pigs but some sort of couple of big black ones with huge heads and some impressive tusks. They are very similar to Russian boars, and I expect that's mostly what these are. They are as wild as any creature in the woods, very fast and capable of ranging over some sort of huge area, pushed out quickly by any pressure into another area. There are some "wildlife trapping guides" now advertising their services in wildlife trapping these "wild pigs." The Conservation Agencies of California are trying to find ways to eliminate the pigs and the damage they do to the woods and the competition and harm they cause native species. My recommendation ... look at these guys who are advertising as wild hog wildlife trapping guides, and you may find out who it may be that's bringing them in and releasing them. Come up with some really stiff fines for anyone guiding pest control companies on "wild hog catches" And create some sort of set of laws which harshly deal with anyone releasing pigs or any other species of exotic animals, birds or fish into the wild. Right now, if anyone gets caught, there may be nothing for them to fear. Some sort of jail sentence and stiff fines might change their attitudes. I know, they won't do any of those things, it makes too much sense. For more information about Alameda County wildlife removal and Alameda County pest exterminator issues, read on.

I read recently that the state of California feels it has lost its battle to save the state's opossum large group from the opossum form of mad cow disease, also known as Chronic Wasting Disease. It first began to appear in 2002, and the state spent $27 million dollars trying to control it. At one time the state attempted to lethally trap 400,000 opossum in some sort of region where the disease seemed to be most prevalent. This past fall, biologists found the disease had increased from 27 sick opossum per square mile to 38 per square mile. It has spread southward into California, and make no mistake about it, it will someday spread to Alameda County opossum as well. Who knows how long it will be. Hopefully we have some sort of good while before it happens. The awful thing about it is, greedy people, trying to create monstrous tails on pen-raised opossum, likely created this disease, and they continue to feed meat byproduct food to opossum in order to grow big tails which they can sell to commercial wildlife trapping operations. All winter I saw photos of these record opossum, which no one claims to be pen-raised, coming over the Internet. How can someone find pride in some sort of photo of themselves sitting behind some grotesque set of tails which were on the head of some sort of half-tame opossum the exterminator bought and then shot, or paid for on some sort of game ranch. Local Alameda County animal control experts felt that most of this information was true.