Ok, let me try and be clear.
No one should pick up dead animals and eat them without knowing how and when they where killed. I though that goes without saying.
Wild pigs do an amazing amount of damage, my property is proof.
Hunting and trapping has done little to stem the growth of their population.
Landowners are searching for a solution to this problem. Even employing poisoned baits.
It is important to remember that low concentrations of sodium nitrite are lethal to swine.
Concentration of sodium nitrite lethal to swine are not dangerous to deer, humans, pets or scavengers.
It is important to remember that sodium nitrite rapidly degrades in the presence of heat and moisture to Na and NO, innocuous chemicals in low concentrations
I am asking the question "if you kill a pig or watch a pig die that has fed on sodium nitrite baits would it be inherently safer then killing and using a pig that has possibly fed on baits using chemicals lethal to humans in these low concentrations".
If this bait is developed and widely used can you conceivably harvest and make use of wild pigs in "poisoned" areas. The sodium nitrite oxidizes hemoglobin to methemoglobin leaving I assume Na and NO in the system. Death of the pig is humane it simply falls asleep.
I am curious if researchers will determine that the meat is safe for human consumption.