Josh Gaskamp is a researcher at the Ardmore, Okla.-based Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, and after studying the problem of feral hogs as well as the current methods to control them, he developed the BoarBuster.
The BoarBuster combines the elements of corral traps and drop nets. It is a suspended metal cage, so that when the sounder, or family group of pigs, is under its frame it can be dropped. An infrared camera is networked to a computer that wirelessly transmits a live video feed.
"When the camera detects motion under the trap, I receive a text message. I log onto the system and can watch the video until it’s the best time to drop the trap," Gaskamp explains. "I push an icon and the corral drops to entrap the animals."
Watch a demonstration in this video:
He says that in Noble Foundation research, a traditional drop net is 86% effective and a corral trap is 49% effective. However, the drop net needs someone on-site watching the trap to activate it. The Boar Buster aims to improve the effectiveness beyond both of the traditional methods, and in preliminary research has shown an 88% effectiveness in catching an entire sounder.
"A sounder usually consists of two to three adult females, their young, and sometimes two to three boars," he says.
A ramp and unloading door are located on one side so the captured animals can be easily loaded onto a trailer for transport to a slaughtering facility.
He explains further in this video:
"There are facilities that are taking these animals for specialty markets–here in the U.S. and abroad," Gaskamp says.
- September 2013