Like most good things, we developed the Pig Brig Trap System in the field as a result of necessity, trial and error, ingenuity, and dumb luck.
Who are we?
We’re a team of wildlife biologists often called upon to 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 entail removing every last animal (or many animals) from an island, a fenced area, a neighborhood, or a national park This takes quite a bit of work, and it's not the first 100 animals, but the last 10 that we spend the most time thinking about.
Our conservation non-profit organization, White Buffalo Inc., was started in 1995 by Dr. Tony DeNicola. Tony’s wife, Vickie, joined him full time in 2012, but she’d been slogging along with him in the field before that. Both are ecologists with a passion for field work and applied science.
White Buffalo has accomplished impactful 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 project 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 ordnance. So, they began hanging nets from trees with remotely triggered gates. They eventually 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 net accessories to simplify set up, and we modularized the system so we can sell the Pig Brig Trap at a lower price. As a result, it's portable, quick to set up, and has the durability for multiple catches.
We’re eager to hear what you think and if you like it as much as we do. We truly believe our team built a better mousetrap (or "hog trap," as it were) for the world. 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’re also 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 other spots across the globe. We’re here to help you solve your hog problems – whether you’re on 30 acres and trap twice a year or you manage a large national park in South Africa.
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