HO, HO, HOGGONE…
Good news on the feral hog front! USDS/APHIS declared that the sodium nitrite field trials at two locations in Texas and Arkansas can begin.
Their “Finding of No Significant Impact” (FONSI) a few weeks ago means that in January, our dedicated TPWD research team and USDA/APHIS/Wildlife Services will take the next steps in the decade-long assessment of NaNO2’s effectiveness as an environmentally safe and effective feral hog toxicant.
The link below holds a boat-load of information. It gives a summary of the “Finding”, a link to the entire 52 page Environmental Assessment, and also to the body of the USDA approval letter. It lists all the comments in favor and against the field trials. The formal comment period began Aug. 31st and closed Sept. 30th. This was a required step in the approval/rejection process. The comments make for an interesting read. You will be impressed by the level of knowledge, commitment, concern, and engagement of those who stepped up and put their names on the line.
There were 87 public comments, with only fifteen or so in opposition to the field trials. I respect the opinions of those in opposition, but I wish they had done some homework before deciding to vote NO.
Many thanks to those of you who commented. The world is run by those who show up. You made a difference.
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