Monday, August 12, 2013
Trinity River project uses wireless traps to curb threat of wild hogs
The project aims to develop the Trinity River corridor into a horse park, among other things.
New technology expects to make massive Trinity River Project safer
DALLAS The Trinity River Corridor Project in Dallas is one of the largest developments of its kind in the country and will introduce an array of new venues and activities to North Texas. When completed, the project will span thousands of acres and will bring people to a new area of the city. But, as of right now, they won’t be alone.
“The rivers are hog highways especially in the summer so this area [Trinity River] is absolutely invested with wild hogs,” said Noel Gouldin, president of Wireless Traps.
One female feral hog can produce up to 3 litters every year and have up to 15 piglets per litter.
“Hogs have been a big nuisance for all of the cities and surrounding areas,” said Wayne Kirk, president of River Ranch Educational Charities. “Especially areas that are like this that have creeks and trees. They root up golf courses and people’s yards and they can actually be dangerous.”
The Texas Horse Park, opening in July of 2014, will encompass 600 of the 10,000 acres in the Trinity River Corridor Project. It will be a world-class equestrian facility where people can store and ride their horses. The park will have a 100,000 square foot arena, and they plan to bring inner city kids to the venue to interact with the horses. But before everything opens, something has to be done to relocate these feral hogs.
Gouldin has invented a trap to do the trick.
“This is a very special trapping system,” said Gouldin. “It’s the most efficient and effective in the market and it uses cellular technology.”
Gouldin donated the anything but ordinary hog trap to the Texas Horse Park. A motion sensor inside the pin triggers a camera, which then sends a picture to a designated cell phone or computer. This feature allows the person monitoring the trap to catch more than one hog at a time.
“So he can see when hogs are in the trap and when he gets the entire group in, not just one or two, then he uses his phone to trip the trap gate, and so he can catch 20 or 30 hogs at a time,” said Gouldin.
The captured hogs will then be sent to a market or auction. The 24-hour monitoring system also allows those watching to check for other animals that might be trapped. In an area that will soon be filled with people, horses, and other livestock, this feature will be extremely helpful.
“So the Wireless Trap is something that we’ve needed for a very long time,” said Kirk. “The development of that is something that’s going to change how we catch these type of animals and predators and things that can hurt us and hurt our environment.”
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