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Catching wild hogs by smartphone

Non-profit foundation teams with livestock company to produce drop-down system

A U.S. research foundation has announced commercialization of a trap designed to capture feral hogs, which it says cost $1.5 billion in losses in 48 U.S. states.

The Noble Foundation, based in Ardmore, Oklahoma along with W-W Livestock Systems of Thomas, Okla. unveiled the BoarBuster trap at the recent National Wild Turkey Federation Convention and Sport Show in Nashville, Tennessee.

“The BoarBuster trap system demonstrates how the Noble Foundation and agriculture research provides tangible solutions to the real-world problems facing farmers, ranchers and consumers affected by this problem,” Jeff Moen of the Noble Foundation said in a release.

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The BoarBuster uses a rigid trap enclosure that is elevated above a trap site. Feral hogs can freely enter and exit the trapping area, which reduces trap shyness.

The trap is combined with real-time video which can be seen both during the day and at night. When the system detects motion around the trap site, it sends an activity alert to the user via a smartphone and web-based app. Users can then log on to the BoarBuster system and drop the trap. Watching the live video eliminates accidentally trapping any unwanted animals.

Most importantly, users can remotely activate the trap while watching the video whenever a desired number of hogs have entered the trap.

The Noble Foundation says the BoarBuster system, which is about 18 feet in diameter and capable of capturing more than 30 feral hogs per drop, will be available midsummer 2015.

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