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Our Story

Like most good things, we developed the Pig Brig Trap System in the field due to necessity, trial and error, ingenuity, and dumb luck.

Trap Development

We’re a team of wildlife biologists often called upon to help with conservation projects around the world. Mainly, 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. These projects take quite a bit of work, and it's not the first 100 animals but the last ten that takes the most time.

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 fieldwork and applied science.

White Buffalo has accomplished impactful research and management projects in the Galapagos, the Channel Islands, and Point Reyes National Seashore.

The White Buffalo team developed the original Pig Brig trap during a feral hog eradication project in a fenced area in 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. Thanks to their rooting behavior, our team realized the pigs more readily went under the net rather than through the gate. 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've updated the net material to make it more durable. As a result, it's portable, quick to set up, and durable for loads of catches.

The Pig Brig Trap System Today

Field Engine Wildlife Research and Management LLC ("Field Engine") was started in 2020 to bring Pig Brig Trap Systems to market. Field Engine handles all manufacturing, fulfillment, marketing, sales, support, and service related to Pig Brig Traps. This relationship allows White Buffalo Inc. to focus on its conservation mission and Field Engine to get more from the factory to the field. The White Buffalo team will continue to evolve the trap based on Field Engine feedback, so we’re eager to hear what you think and if you like it as much as we do. We truly believe this team built a better mousetrap (or "hog trap," as it were) for the world. We welcome your feedback, thoughts, add-ons, and issues.

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.

That's our story, and now we'd love to hear yours - share@pigbrig.com.