No evidence of soft ticks, warthogs, or bush pigs was found in the area.
No bush pigs are present in Senegal, and according to local hunters and hunting settlements, warthogs in the Fatick region are scarce (with no available data on warthog numbers in the other regions).
We saw hyenas, African bush pigs
, elands, and other visitors sip the water.
While driving back to the lodge late one evening, I noticed a small group of gnarly looking bush pigs feeding in front of a blind.
When I found out no other hunter had killed a bush pig on this property in three years, and that most bush pigs are shot at night with a spotlight, I was quite pleased with my accomplishment.
Bush pigs, or wart hogs, would raid the farmers' ground nut fields," says Tony.
If they killed a bush pig they always brought it to us.
Maintenance and transmission of ASFV involves cycling of virus between soft ticks of the genus Ornithodoros and wild pigs (warthogs, bush pigs, and giant forest boars) (1,2).
In Africa, it causes a long-term, persistent infection in warthogs and bush pigs (2,3,5).
Sunrise found me working my way along the bottom of an arroyo lined with grassy banks, hunting with my ears just as I had learned to hunt bush pigs