Texas: Kaput Wild Hog Bait Manufacturer Withdraws State Label, Cites Suits

Feral hog control will be one of the topics addressed during the Predator Management Workshop and Trapping Demonstration to be held April 24 at the Edwards County Park Building near Rocksprings. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo)

Scimetrics Ltd. Corp. has withdrawn its registration of Kaput Feral Hog Bait in the state of Texas, the Colorado-based company announced in a press release today.

Scimetrics, which also specializes in rodent control, formulated Kaput around warfarin, the same active ingredient as the blood thinner Coumadin, which is proven to lethally work on quadrupeds, such as hogs.

Louisiana had suspended sale of the product earlier because of fears that it could harm black bears, which the state hopes to remove from the endangered species list. The substance is delivered from traps mixed with feed that could potentially attract bears and hogs alike.

Wild hog hunters and at least one wild hog meat processor rallied against the decision to make Kaput available. A state judge issued a restraining order in early March that suspended the state ag commissioner’s emergeny approval of Kaput and a plan to locate bins filled with Kaput “throughout the state’s rural sections where feral hogs have become a nuisance,” according to a report in the Austin, Texas, news website thepatch.com.

In a press release, Scimetrics said that “under the threat of many lawsuits, our family owned company cannot at this time risk the disruption of our business and continue to compete with special interests in Texas that have larger resources to sustain a lengthy legal battle.”

Kaput’s label has been approved by the U.S. EPA, the release noted, and that requires “stringent testing and documentation requirements. To meet these high standards, many years of work have gone into developing and proving the safety and effectiveness of Kaput.”


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