ARDMORE, Okla. - Wild hogs cause $1.5 billion dollars in damage across the U.S. each year.
Thirty-nine states struggle with an out-of-control population.
Oklahoma is one of them.
Monday night at 10 p.m. on NewsChannel 4, Ali Meyer is taking a closer look at the problem and a brand new solution.
NewsChannel 4 spent months talking to landowners around the state.
Dave Wingo owns a 4,000 acre farm in Holdenville, Oklahoma.
Wingo has a boar problem.
"They have no set schedule, but they do have an agenda: to take the country over," Wingo said. "They are the terrorists of the animal kingdom."
Feral hogs are destroying Oklahoma farmland.
Landowners, like Wingo and Cory Gathers, who owns a farm in Hinton, Oklahoma, are spending millions collectively, trying to get control of the pig population.
"They are the smartest, dumb animals you've ever seen in your entire life," Gathers said.
About five years ago, The Noble Foundation in Ardmore, Oklahoma started researching a new strategy to trap wild boars.
They are now manufacturing this new tool, and they have been shocked at the demand among Oklahoma's rural population.
It is so effective landowners are willing to pay $6,000 a piece to buy one of these state-of-the-art trapping systems.
Our special report will address these areas of concern:
- How do you know if you have a wild boar on your property?
- Why is the wild boar population growing in Oklahoma?
- Which Oklahoma counties have feral hogs?
- What's ineffective about conventional hog trapping?
- How does this new trap work?
Ali Meyer and the NewsChannel 4 team traveled to Ardmore, Hinton, Holdenville and Thomas, Oklahoma for this eye-opening report.