Fort Campbell Trying to Get Rid of Wild Hogs
Campbell working to rid post of feral hogs (AP – Army Times)
A small number of wild hogs are running loose in remote areas of Fort Campbell, prompting concerns about the possible spread of animal-borne diseases. Feral hogs can transmit infections Ã¢€” ranging from pseudorabies to cholera Ã¢€” to other animals and even to people, Montgomery County Agricultural Extension Agent John Bartee said last week.
In response to repeated questions from the The Leaf-Chronicle over several weeks, Fort Campbell spokesman George Heath said Army officials have known for several years that the wild hogs have been living in remote areas of the 105,000-acre military post. Ã¢€œA few years ago we realized the presence of a small group of feral hogs on Fort Campbell,Ã¢€ Heath said.
The current Fort Campbell wild hog population is believed to be less than 25 animals, and Ã¢€œprobably more like 10 to 15Ã¢€ Ã¢€” and declining, Heath said.
While the headline is quite amusing–and the idea of 10 to 25 pigs able to terrorize a 100,000 acre post containing some of the fiercest fighting men on the planet even more so–this is a real problem. Many military bases have problems with wild boars, in fact.
In addition to the disease threat, they tend to be a nuisance around the campsites of soldiers bedding down for the night during field exercises.