The Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma has recently adopted the use of propane cannons in their open fields to prevent wild hogs from causing harm to crops during the establishment period. This is an important strategy that aims to safeguard crop growth and mitigate losses caused by hog damage.
During my recent visit to the refuge, I heard the propane cannon going off and witnessed its effect on the surrounding wildlife. While I was able to take pictures of birds, the loud noise made deer and coyote skittish, and it was difficult to get a clear shot of them.
Although I am looking forward to visiting the refuge again during the spring, which is typically the most productive time for wildlife photography, it is crucial to address the issue of wild hogs. I have personally witnessed the destruction they can cause to crops, and the propane cannon is an essential tool in tackling this problem.
Propane cannons work by emitting a loud noise that startles and scares the hogs away from the area. This non-lethal approach to wildlife population control has gained popularity in recent years due to its effectiveness and humane nature. Furthermore, propane cannons are relatively easy to use and can cover a large area, making them a cost-effective option for farmers and wildlife refuges alike.
Although the use of propane cannons may have a temporary impact on wildlife behavior, it is important to bear in mind that their primary objective is to promote healthy crop growth and safeguard the ecosystem from harmful animals. Therefore, it is crucial to strike a balance between wildlife management and preservation. As a photographer, I will continue to visit the refuge but understand that some visits may be affected by the use of propane cannons.