How many wildlife agents does it take to catch a wild hog?
One, under a new remote system in use by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. Richard Kirk of TWRA said the new method alerts an on-call agent, who can watch feral hogs in real time and spring the trap by pushing a virtual button on a computer or smartphone from miles away. Agents set up a corral that is 35 feet in diameter.
When hogs wander into the view of a camera that is focused on the gate, an agent gets a text message. Verizon spokesman Michael Swearingen said the video is in high definition and the system was built by IC Realtime, which is based in Pompano Beach, Florida.