Those are hogs, and hogs are numerous, and rather a nussance as well, but worse still often a threat to local endangered and threatened populations. I am totally against poaching of threatened species, and totally against wanton destruction. But, some animals NEED to be hunted by man, often especially because we displaced their predators through habitat destruction. Here in Florida, hogs are a severe nuisance, and the laws are actually pretty easy-going about the taking o' hogs. The poster says "Bring home the bacon", so the thought is not some Great White Hunter racking up tons of kills for trophies, but a productive use, potentially, anyway. THere is no reason to be so sensitive about this...
Quite so. I live in S Florida and we are overrun with harmful exotics. We have beautiful lionfish ravaging our reefs, and all sorts of pythons taking over the Everglades. Both species are pretty much on the "kill on sight" list. Can I put a Nikon scope on a speargun? The diffraction of the water might compensate for the crappy optics...
Agreed about hogs. They are the number one most destructive non-native animal species out there. What's number two you ask? Burmese Pythons? NOPE! Feral cats. Feral cats are less destructive than hogs because they don't destroy habitat like hogs do - but they do kill for fun - daily. Where are pythons on the "most destructive" list of invasives? If you believe the media hype - then hundreds of thousands of them are a half a
slither away from killing everything in the US including the human population. Or, if you're more informed about the issue, have spent any actual time hunting them, and/or know anything about their natural environment and their requirements to survive, then you realize there's only a few thousand of them (max) and they are a very localized problem in South Florida with no ability to spread anywhere else. They also don't eat or kill much (like cats) and they definitely don't destroy habitat (like hogs).
Need some proof? How about the month-long FFW SPONSORED Burmese python challenged that happened just recently. Something like 1600 people had 30 days to capture as many as they could. How many did they get? 68!!! If you gave 1600 people 30 days to kill as many hogs or cats as they could, they'd get hundreds and probably more like THOUSANDS!
Don't get me wrong, I'm vehemently opposed to the survival of any non-native species, but we should really inform the general populace that Senator Bill Nelson has fooled them all by making the Burmese Python the "poster child" for non-natives. The Brazilian Pepper plant, hogs, and yes - even fluffy the cat are FARRRRRR more dangerous to the Everglades (and the rest of the US) than Burmese Pythons.