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Pig Derby set for this weekend

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by Jolene Toves

Guam - While hunters get ready for the hunt boonie stompers and jungle explorers are reminded that this weekend is the pig hunt derby and extra caution needs to be taken by all planning to head for the hills.

Running through the jungles of Guam wild pigs stay out of sight, but this weekend one of them may just find it's way to the dinner table. As the time has come for hunters to get out their guns, or bows and arrows for Guam's Third Annual Pig Hunting Derby which kicks off Saturday. After a series of safety briefing registered hunters are setting their traps, and staking out the brush in hopes of bringing home a catch.

Bureau of Statistics and Plans coastal management Christine Camacho said, "They started in 2012 in April and then we had a second one in December of 2012 the attendance I mean it is a well attended event as far as participants people who help the hunters families that come out lining up for pig."

Derbies such as this bring several benefits from providing meat to needy families during this holiday season, helping raise awareness about the island's feral pig population and building relationships.

"We are really trying to build those relationships between property owners farmers our hunters and our fishers because everything is connected in Guam it's a water shed approach that we take," she explained. "We found that feral pigs is a hot topic because it's not something that we are harvesting from the field fast enough there aren't enough proper management controls efforts in place."

Despite about 500 registered hunters on island the pig population is growing and building awareness while promoting safe hunting practices is key to the derby's success. "The derby is not the solution to population control its an awareness builder so we are engaging the community and just trying to build that awareness that there is problem when it comes to feral angulates, pigs, deer, the populations needs to be better managed," she added.

As word gets out and awareness is built it is also important for residents to know that this weekend hunters will be out in the jungles throughout Guam and hunters and boonie stompers need to be mindful of their surroundings. As for hunters who are lucky enough to get a catch there will be four check stations one at the Yigo Gym, Department of Agriculture, the Talofofo Youth Center and at the Merizo Senior Center.

Meanwhile after all the hunting is over the island is invited to fill their bellies with the Pork in the Park event which will be held on Saturday December 21 at the Adelup Beach Park.

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