Obama administration suddenly likes Palin wildlife management strategy

posted at 1:50 pm on June 2, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Remember when the Left erupted in Outrageous Outrage over Alaska’s attempts to cull the troublesome wolf population by shooting them from aircraft?  Do you recall when animal-rights groups painted Sarah Palin as a “brutal” and “unethical” sadist for sanctioning this strategy?  Good times, good times (emphasis mine):

When it comes to controlling the spread of feral pigs in San Diego County, the public hunting effort isn’t doing the job.

That has led federal agencies to launch an ambitious program that will use cage traps, corral traps, federal hunters with guns and dogs and even shooting from helicopters to exterminate the area’s population of wild swine. Officials see the pigs as a threat to fragile ecosystems and public health and safety. Environmentalists worry about the damage wild pigs will do to the county’s sensitive habitat, much of it rebounding from Southern California’s catastrophic wildfires of the last decade.

The U.S. Forest Service estimates there are 200 to 300 feral pigs in San Diego County. There’s also a small sounder of pigs near theRiverside County border that likely was there prior to the release of pigs in late 2006 on the Capitan Grande Indian Reservation behindEl Capitan Reservoir in the San Diego River bed. Hunters who spend a lot of time in the backcountry say the population is three to four times that now and it will be useless to try and eradicate them.

Still, the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management are developing a plan to eliminate as many feral pigs as possible, as soon as possible.

To paraphrase the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund, do we really want a President who champions such savagery?  Well, I don’t know about the president part of the question, but the practice is — and has been — a legitimate strategy for culling dangerous predators to protect livestock.  Palin didn’t start the practice in Alaska, and Alaska didn’t pioneer the technique in any case.  Congress included the exception for predator control in the original 1972 bill that made it illegal for hunters to track down prey by plane or helicopter.  It’s been a longstanding practice in wildlife management, in the kind of regions that the San Diego Union-Tribune describes in its article on feral pigs.

Will the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund run one-minute national spots asking whether America should tolerate a brutal and unethical Barack Obama in the weeks prior to the 2012 election like they did against Palin in September 2008?  Don’t hold your breath.

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California is upset about 200 feral hogs…. come on over to Texas. Now, we’ve got a hog problem.

2nd Ammendment Mother on June 2, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Yikes. Sorry for the big hyperlink. It does go the right place, though, if people want to make a comment.

kim roy on June 2, 2011 at 4:51 PM

Defenders of Wildlife defend Horny Toads

Roy Rogers on June 2, 2011 at 3:21 PM

That’s pure sexism right there. What do they have against horny toads?

That’s what happens just before their conjugal visits which is needed to reproduce.


Mcguyver on June 2, 2011 at 4:53 PM

Hmmmm….pigs are haram, aren’t they?

BobMbx on June 2, 2011 at 5:09 PM

Ashley Judd hardest hit.

portlandon on June 2, 2011 at 2:00 PM

It’s called collatoral damage…..

Mcguyver on June 2, 2011 at 5:40 PM

Feral pigs are just ordinary pigs gone wild. A bit leaner and alot meaner with more hair,

wearyman on June 2, 2011 at 2:01 PM

Hey, why not instead of being so inhumane to them, they just start a show called “Hogs Gone Wild”…?

It would of course be a great hit because although the subjects have more hair, they do have less clothes than their female human counterpart show…..

Mcguyver on June 2, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Why am I not shocked that Obama wants to “Kill the pigs!”?

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on June 2, 2011 at 6:15 PM

So the gubmint wants to spend a bunch of money to solve a nonexistent problem? Who knew? We’ve been waiting for feral hogs to rise to a huntable population for years, and 200-300 isn’t going to cut it. Now they want to wipe them out? Seriously, if they send CA hunters like myself the GPS coordinates, you’d soon smell the pork steaks grilling all over SoCal.


pugwriter on June 2, 2011 at 6:25 PM

Obama does not like pork.


Roy Rogers on June 2, 2011 at 1:57 PM

Thread Winner, Bishop Award for Best Snark.

Bruno Strozek on June 2, 2011 at 2:42 PM

It was pretty good, all right, but nothing could top the very next entry:

Not only was Sarah Palin a stupid hick for shooting things that are not bothering her, but so is the federal government. 300 pigs, really? That’s a threat? And we are to care what environmentalists say? 300 pigs. My god. What about the 10 million illegals? Where’s the helicopter for that?

Like I said many times, there isn’t a lot of light between Sarah Palin, her evangelical hick base, and the federal government. Here again we see their behavior overlapping.

keep the change on June 2, 2011 at 2:43 PM

Unless, maybe “keep the change” was serious???

Naw! Nobody could post anything like that seriously!

Great sense of humor, there!

tom on June 2, 2011 at 6:48 PM

Hey, speaking of helicopters and shooting pigs, did you all hear that Obama got Bin Laden?

Left Coast Right Mind on June 2, 2011 at 2:09 PM

Well yea considering that Osama used to shoot at helicopters, as well as, Osama used to live in a pig sty……so apparently pigs and helicopters have this “thing” for each other for some time now….

Mcguyver on June 2, 2011 at 6:54 PM

The 3 Step Plan
1> Send Army Kill/Collect Hogs and Air Drop them over terrorists
3> ??????

the_ancient on June 2, 2011 at 6:58 PM

Maybe they’d like to import a few wolves from Montana. They like pork, too.

Kissmygrits on June 2, 2011 at 7:16 PM

They get big in the Southeast: Alabama Boy Kills 1,051-Pound Monster Pig

slickwillie2001 on June 2, 2011 at 7:46 PM

They never called them feral wolves.

That the difference.

Wolves look like dogs, and dogs are pets, therefore Sarah Palin wanted to kill your pet.

But pigs look like hogs and hogs provide bacon, so Obama wants you to bring home the bacon.

Dem/Enviro Logic, 101.

profitsbeard on June 2, 2011 at 9:54 PM

California is upset about 200 feral hogs…. come on over to Texas. Now, we’ve got a hog problem.

2nd Ammendment Mother

You can’t tell me that an infestation of 200-300 feral pigs ought to be a problem anywhere. In Australia, a team of experienced cullers would have them eradicated in less than a week, depending on where they are and the surrounds. I’ve shot somewhere near 60 myself and my hubby more than that.

U/f we can’t eat them in Oz because they carry a bacteria which is harmful to humans if digested. When we shoot them, they are either eaten by crocs or the other pigs.

Ozwitch on June 2, 2011 at 11:39 PM