forest-1818690_640Recently we shared some information on the debate being held regarding the potential negative repercussions associated with use of warfarin in Feral Hog Bait.

Scimetrics Ltd. Corp., maker of the controversial Kaput Feral Hog Bait, has withdrawn its registration for the bait in Texas. ABC7 Amarillo reports the company said it was under the threat of lawsuits.

The company added it cannot risk the disruption that comes with any legal battle. The bait contains warfarin, a blood thinner that’s used in pesticide. Bait opponents believe the bait would do more harm than good with widespread use. State officials have put the bait’s use on hold.

While no one is debating whether or not feral hogs wreak havoc in Texas – in fact they do at least an average of $50 million dollars’ worth each year – how to best control the damage, is. The method of controlling and reducing the damage has frequently caused debate among landowners, the TWPD and feral hog poison manufacturing companies.

In February, the Texas Department of Agriculture introduced Kaput Feral Hog Bait, a Warfarin-based pesticide, but that tactic is no longer available.

Hog Poison on Hold

The poison was set to be released May 1, however, pressure from folks opposing the bait has placed it on hold.

“Toxicants have been considered for a long time for feral hogs,” Gilliland said. “The problem is you have to have something that is safe and selective and that’s not going to cause environmental issues, otherwise.”

The Environmental Protection Agency has approved this pesticide but opposition from folks still concerned about its safety as well as impact on the hunting and meat industry prompted the company, Scimetrics Ltd Corp, to withdraw its registration of the bait in Texas.

The company said it was under the threat of lawsuits and can’t risk the disruption that comes with competing with those with larger resources to sustain the legal battle.

Scimetrics Ltd Press Release: Texas Withdrawal by kwwilbanks on Scribd

Opponents of the poison tactic say it’s too risky. Supporters say while it would help, it’s not the final solution to getting rid of the creatures. 

 

“It would have been good as far as I’m concerned,” Wheatly said. “It’s not going to get rid of all the pigs. It’s not a miracle cure but it would have helped in places.”

 

Gilliland said due to the reproductive rate of feral hogs, to get to an appreciative level of control, 75 percent of the population would have to be killed every six months. So, their own infectious diseases they travel with may be the only answer.

 

“Nature may step in at some point, once the population gets so dense that it takes care of itself,” Gilliland said. “That would be catastrophic in the sense that it probably wouldn’t just be limited to feral hogs.” 

Scimetrics could re-register in Texas in the future, but the Texas House of Representatives has also passed a bill requiring further study on the effects of this poison.

Source: TTHAABC7 Amarillo,  Kase Wilbanks, KVII