Urban Feral Hogs program slated Aug. 31 in San Antonio

by Paul Schattenberg, Texas A&M AgriLife

A program on urban feral hogs will be held 5-9 p.m. Aug. 31 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Bexar County.

The office is in suite 208 of the Conroy Square business complex, 3355 Cherry Ridge Dr., San Antonio.

“Each year, feral hogs cost the state millions of dollars in property damage,” said Sam Womble, AgriLife Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources, Bexar County. “They are also responsible for contributing to the contamination of water resources and can be purveyors of disease. While people usually think of them as a problem for rural areas, they also invade urban spaces.”

The program will address several aspects of urban feral hogs, including biology and behavior, environmental impact and disease concerns. It will also address methods for their control.

“Experts from AgriLife Extension, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Animal Health Commission will present at the program,” Womble said.

Three hours of Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units – one laws and regulations, one integrated pest management and one general – are available. Refreshments will be provided.

Cost is $15. Attendees are asked to RSVP by Aug. 25 to Denise Perez at the AgriLife Extension office, 210-631-0400.

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