THE NEW FORTY Feral swine...
Today in the paper I say the following headline for an AP article:
North Dakotans urged to report wild pig sightings
Oh my...feral swine. How many possible directions can I go with that information? I... Posted on 11/23/12 at 10:43 PM
RURAL REFLECTIONS When Pigs Fly
If I tell someone that a situation will occur when pigs fly, then I am trying to say that the situation will never happen. There are events that will never come to pass, however I have seen pi... Posted on 11/19/11 at 6:46 AM
THE NORTH DAKOTA OUTDOORS AND BEYOND problems with pigs
Landowners who know or suspect that feral swine are on their property must notify the State Board of Animal Health immediately.
Greg Link, assistant chief of wildlife for the North Dakota Game and Fis... Posted on 2/17/10 at 3:20 AM
FAR SIDE OF FIFTY In a pickle
Well, I think I might be in a pickle. Sometimes I get myself into the darnedest situations. You see I needed a photograph..yes needed, there is a difference between a want and a need. The little pigs ... Posted on 4/3/09 at 5:48 AM
Leaders of Sanford Medical Center and North Dakota State University are being urged to stop using live pigs in a joint trauma training program here. The training involves cutting into live, sedated pigs and inserting needles and tubes into them before they are killed.
State and federal officials gave the green light Tuesday for swine exhibits to go forward at this week's fair, expressing confidence that sufficient precautions are in place to prevent the spread of a new strain of swine flu from pigs to fair visitors.
A study, released Wednesday, comes on the heels of recent reports that more than 150 people in other parts of the country have contracted a new type of swine flu, apparently after contact with pigs at state or county fairs.
A Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group believes the practice of killing pigs during North Dakota State University and Sanford’s Advanced Trauma Life Support class violates the state’s animal cruelty law and doesn’t fall within the exemption for scientific research because it’s a training program.
The number of hogs in North Dakota is at its lowest level since the days when Theodore Roosevelt was ranching and hunting in the western part of the state, before he set foot in the White House at the turn of the 20th century.
There have been reports of feral swine across the state, including Billings, Rolette, Sheridan and Nelson counties as well as in the Turtle Mountains. "They’ll pretty much eat anything they come across,” wildlife vet Dr. Dan Grove said. “They destroy native habitat. They’ll kill native species. They tear up the native prairie as well as being a potential source of disease for our domestic livestock as well as our wildlife in the state.”
Consumers have been led for years to believe California cows are happy, which is why many were sickened when images surfaced of a washed-up milker, too weak to stagger to slaughter, was rolled, pushed and run over by a forklift operator. That prompted the biggest beef recall in U.S. history and contributed to sweeping legislation designed to improve the lives of farm animals. But more important for farmers, it awakened the masses to the stark reality for many animals raised for food.
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