New feral hog catching method used by TWRA

POSTED: 8:51 AM Jun 18 2013   UPDATED: 5:46 PM Jun 18 2013

How many wildlife agents does it take to catch a wild hog? Only 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 smart phone 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, Fla.