March 1, 2020

I have often said that living on Kaua’i reminds me of growing up in Kansas in the 1940s and 50s. When you meet someone new, you will soon find that you have friends in common. We learned that people we didn’t know knew who we were and where we lived, even before we were fully settled in. I like that; it made me feel we were part of the community.

Growing up in Kansas, in Wichita and then in Park City, a suburb, I knew I wouldn’t get away with something before my parents would learn what I’d done. That’s how it is here and I find comfort in that.

We didn’t have a lot of money when I was growing up so to supplement our diet, Daddy would go rabbit-hunting. Often he’d bring one home and we enjoy it for dinner–it tastes like rabbit, not chicken!

I was reminded of this when our son, daughter and daughter-in-law showed up at our house Friday night with bows and arrows and a rifle to take on the feral pig in our lower yard.

This pig, and it’s half-grown piglets, have been ravaging not just our garden but those of the neighbors on either side of us. In fact, one neighbor invited them to use his lanai so they’d have a better view of our valley!

So far they haven’t been successful; the pigs haven’t appeared. But they will return, both the pigs and our kids. Feral pigs are creating havoc on our tiny island, not just destroying gardens but also our wilderness areas.

In Hawaii, “game mammals (which includes feral pigs) may only be hunted from one-half hour prior to sunrise and until one-half hour after sunset. This is year-round.” [web page] In fact, it’s only $5 for licenses if you’re a local. That in itself should tell you something. “Feral swine cause major damage to property, agriculture (crops and livestock), native species and ecosystems, and cultural and historic resources. In fact, this invasive species costs the United States an estimated $1.5 billion each year in damages and control costs.Apr 5, 2016. [
Feral Swine Damage – USDA APHIS
www.aphis.usda.gov › ourfocus › wildlifedamage]”

Groceries in Hawaii are quite expensive, which is why many of us grow our own vegetables, plant fruit trees and hunt. The kids plan on butchering the pig and enjoying it for several meals to come. And hopefully they will invite us to dinner!

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