Thursday, February 18, 2010

Connecting the Dots.. Submarine Questions of the Week - 2-18-2010


Carrying disease, eating "pretty much anything" and uprooting lawns, crops and golf courses, the pigs are a serious concern for wildlife officials in the 36 states with established populations, said Joseph Corn of the Southern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study at the University of Georgia.
Current News...
The World Health Organization’s influenza experts have finished a four-day meeting and decided that protection against H1N1 swine flu should be included in the next regular flu-season vaccine.
February 14, 2010 - The Beaufort Gazette - Feral pigs go hog wild in South Carolina, worrying naturalists Lethal removal would help keep the numbers down, but it won't control the population, said Jack Mayer, a feral-swine expert at the Savannah River National Laboratory in Aiken . You'd have to kill 70 percent every year for nine years to keep the population under control. That's a tough order. Game hunting now only accounts for 20 to 50 percent of the population. South Carolina has 90,000 to 280,000 wild hogs, according to Jack Mayer
"We don't have a good handle on the actual population," Mayer said. "We say that there are 2 to 6 million wild hogs nationally.
Location of wild hogs by state (five largest state populations - estimates)
1. Texas ... 233 of 254 counties ... 1,000,000-3,000,000
2. Florida ... All 67 counties ... 300,000-1,000,000
3. Georgia ... 137 of 159 counties ... 200,000-600,000
4. California ... 56 out of 58 counties ... 200,000-400,000
5. Alabama ... All 67 counties in the state ... 90,000-300,000
Submarine Questions of the Week (Answers Monday)
1) Which submarine name brings feral swine to mind?
2) Which submarine was affectionately called the hog?
Submarines are always silent and strange.