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  • Need advice on hog trapping around bears.

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    Anyone have any advice on how to successfully trap hogs in an area with high bear populations? We fortunately do not have a lot of hogs now but they are starting to show up again and are doing extensive damage to corn plantings this spring. I have several type traps out and the bears are destoying all of them every night. Sometimes three or four bears at a time. The flap type traps they turn over to get to the small amount of corn underneath. Seven foot tall dog pen style traps they climb over after getting trapped inside and either crush the sides or turn the whole thing over. The hog panel and T post traps they just stomp on them to get in and out of. I tried the soured corn trick and I honestly think that the bears love that better than the hogs do. I suspect that the number of bears I have is limiting the number of hogs but they are both making it hard to farm and do all the wildlife management we have ongoing at the farm.
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    hog trapping
    in wnc the park service uses strong wire thats 1/4 inch diameter laid out in grids then welded together to make 4 x 4 inch squares for the sides and bottom and they leave the top out. they uses stake to hold the trap down and the bears climb right out the top and it dont hurt the trap. the thing that sucks is the bears get smart to this free meal with no harm coming to them and do it over and over again. just be VERY careful if you walk up on a sow or a cub cause this time of year is a bad time to run up on one for obvious reasons. good luck i hope this helps
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    bear
    I actually attended a hog management class yesterday and this question did not come up. Good luck with those bears.

    One things for sure, you can't wait on going after those hogs, because of what you described - they will destroy everything.
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