Catamount, a small but thriving community in Powder County, has a serious problem that both state and federal governments refuse to acknowledge. Citizens are on high alert after feral hogs cause multiple incidents including severe property damage and personal injuries.
As the ever expanding hog gangs rampage through crops and fields unchecked, the residents must deal with fierce opposition concerning firearms and wildlife controls from extreme left-leaning activists.
When the local police chief’s requests for help are stymied by the county offices, he discovers an old Civil War carpetbagger law still on the books. With thinly stretched budgets and overwhelming concern for public safety, the chief steps outside the box and hires on a former law enforcement officer turned animal ‘bounty hunter’ to help stem the onslaught.
Packing an old Russian infantry rifle, this quiet, but effective, pig hunter intends on pursuing the wild porkers and collecting himself a few ham steaks for dinner. First, though, he must plod his way through the inevitable maze of paperwork including access laws to federal, state, tribal, military, and private land. It doesn’t take long before the unassuming bounty hunter begins to question whether the money is worth the hassle.
Chasing down hogs is one thing, but what he soon comes up against is more than just a pig—it’s Negro Diablo, a thousand-pound pork powerhouse with a highly-developed intellect. Negro Diablo is a fearsome sight and has even been filmed taking down cattle. Who will win in this ultimate battle for control of Powder Counties farm and timberlands?
“Ned Huckins presents a cunning and terrifying opponent in Negro Diablo and the determined hog killer that wants his head,” said Kathie McGuire, director of Brighton Publishing LLC. “An exceptionally well-crafted novel—a must read.”
With over thirty years of writing experience, Ned Huckins brings the same approach to his present novel as he does to life—balance. As a self-styled naturalist and veteran outdoorsman, Ned not only understands normal wildlife cycles, but also the necessity of proper controls and management. The author currently resides in the beautiful and lush woods of Washington State where he truly feels at home in his surroundings.