Like most good things, we developed the Pig Brig Trap System in the field out of necessity, dumb luck, trial and error, and ingenuity.
Who are we?
We are a team of wildlife biologists and help with conservation projects around the world. Mostly, we focus on conflicts with overabundant or non-native deer, goats, pigs, and elk. Our projects usually require that we need to remove every last animal (or many animals) from an island, a fenced area, a neighborhood, or a National Park. As you can imagine (or know), this takes quite a bit of work. It's not the first 100 animals, but the last 10 that we spend the most time thinking about.
Our conservation non-profit organization is White Buffalo Inc., and it was started in 1995 by Dr. Tony DeNicola. Tony’s wife Vickie joined him full time in 2012, even though she slogged along with him in the field before that. Both are ecologists with a passion for field work and applied science.
White Buffalo has accomplished some pretty awesome research and management projects, including work in the Galapagos, the Channel Islands, and Point Reyes National Seashore.
How did you develop the Pig Brig Trap System?
The White Buffalo team developed the original Pig Brig trap during a feral hog eradication in a fenced area on Guam. Our biologists couldn’t dig, place any metal objects into the ground, or do anything that disrupted the soil due to the unexploded WWII ordinance. So, they began hanging nets from trees with remotely triggered gates. They then realized it was easier to get the pigs to go under the net than through the gate – thanks to the pigs’ rooting behavior. Since then, we’ve upgraded and modified the net to make it better. We’ve tried different mesh sizes, so hog’s snouts don’t get caught, we’ve changed the accessories to the net to simplify set up, and we modularized the system so we can sell the Boar Stopper package at a lower price. Plus, it's portable, quick to set up, and with the durability for multiple catches.
We are keen to hear what you think and if you like it as much as we do. We truly felt like our team built a better mousetrap (or "hog trap" as it were), and we wanted to share it with you. We welcome your feedback, thoughts, add-ons, and issues. After talking to folks in Texas, we’re working on a trailer loading attachment and shorter stakes for hard soil. We are printing instruction manuals for people without cell service.
Success stories are coming in from farmers and landowners from Texas to Florida. Our traps are now in Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, and a few other spots worldwide. We’re here to help you solve your hog problems – whether you are on 30 acres and trap twice a year or you manage a large national park in South Africa.