GLADES COUNTY, Fla. - They're Florida's claim to fame and the favorite food of hundreds of wild pigs. But the pigs do more than just eat oranges, they're also tearing up the drainage systems at an orange grove in Glades County.
The Center for Resolving Human-Wildlife Conflicts at Mississippi State University estimates wild pigs cause more than $1.5 billion worth of damage every year.
Buck Holly has a high tech solution to solve the costly problem. Holly, the owner and operator of Silence of the Hams, uses cellular technology to monitor pigs traps. Anytime a pig comes into the 30 foot diameter trap, he's notified on his cell phone.
"We can stay in Fort Myers and monitor through the camera everything that comes in and out of here," said Holly.
Whereas with the low tech traps, Holly says he would only get one or two pigs before the rest of the sounder would move on. Now Holly can watch and wait all from the comfort of his home.
"When we believe that we have the entire sounder of pigs that we've been targeting, we then close the gate and not before then," Holly said.
He'll send a text message and after about 12 seconds the gate will close, trapping the pigs.
He also saves gas. Under most contracts, grove managers require the hog trappers to check their traps every 24 hours. Which, for Holly, would mean a 30 mile trip each way. Now he can check his phone and go to the traps when he needs to.