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Help needed to catch injured hog

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    Hi just reviewing last night camera activity and there was a hog with a band around it’s middle. It was moving freely but the band looked tight. Any ideas how to trap him if he comes tonight so I can cut the band?


    I had a hog who was tangled up in some string earlier on in the summer. Unfortunately I didn’t manage to catch him, despite sitting up all night and watching for him for a week. It might work if you put some sort of house near by the food. Even a box with some hay in it, it might tempt him to nap in the box and you could check in the morning and see if he’s inside.
    If his injury is bad it might be best to get him seen by a vet or hand him into a rescue , he might need some antibiotics or have a deep wound that you can’t see.

    Good luck

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    Hi Emmadale

    Not sure that a hog would go into a new box, although you might be lucky. But I suspect you might need to be a bit more pro-active. If it isn’t raining (like it is here) and you know roughly what time the hog turns up, you could try sitting quietly near where you feed the hogs. I have done that before just to watch them (put my feet on a footstool) and they didn’t seem to notice I was there. Then you can scoop the hog up and put it in a box (or pet carrier). I would have one ready with either torn up newspaper or a small towel for the hog to burrow under. Newspaper on the bottom as you will need to provide food and water which the hog will inevitably spill. They are excellent at escaping so be aware of that.

    I agree, I would get the hog checked out by a hog carer/rehabilitator. You can find the contact details of your nearest one from BHPS 01584 890801. If possible I would contact them before you catch the hog and take their advice about what to do.

    You might also like to contact your local Post Office sorthing office and remind them of the dangers of dropping rubber bands. I believe they do encourage their Post-people not to drop them, but a reminder may not go amiss. A photo of the hog might be useful.

    Good luck.

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