Feral hog management to be discussed at predator workshop in Texas

by Paul Schattenberg, Texas A&M AgriLife

A Predator Management Workshop and Trapping Demonstration will be presented May 6 in Rocksprings.

The program, presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offices for Edwards and Sutton counties, will be from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Edwards County Park Building.

There is no cost to register but a donation of $10 is encouraged. A meal will be provided by the Preservation of South West Texas Wildlife.

Coordinators are asking that those planning to attend RSVP by April 29 to ensure an accurate head count.

“This workshop is designed for all landowners as a way to educate and offer solutions about the predation that is occurring in significant portions of the county,” said James Crockett, AgriLife Extension agent for Edwards County. “It will also give newer landowners an opportunity to talk with more established landowners who have been managing profitable livestock and wildlife operations.”

Program topics and presenters will include:

— Predator Ecology and Identifying Types of Predation, Dr. John Tomecek, AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist, San Angelo.

— Use of Livestock Guardian Dogs in the Edwards Plateau, Dr. Reid Redden, AgriLife Extension state sheep and goat specialist, San Angelo.

— Predators in Edwards County, Stan Cottle and Sam Epperson, Preservation of Southwest Texas Wildlife, Rocksprings.

Crockett said the workshop will include practical demonstrations on predator trapping.

Two continuing education units – one integrated pest management and one general – will be available for Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide applicator license holders.

For more information, to RSVP or for directions to the park, contact Crockett at 830‐683‐4310 or James.Crockett@ag.tamu.edu.

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