Feral hog problem continues in Texas

In Southwest Farm Press

A war has been raging across Texas for a very long time, a man-versus-beast battle that rages across the plains, the Hill Country, the Blacklands, Pineywoods, the South Texas brush country, on sparsely populated rural lands and on open spaces and alleyways of larger cities.

The enemy in Texas runs in large numbers, stealthy at night when they do their greatest damage, and smart enough to often avoid traps and the growing numbers of hunters that pursue them.

And they can be very dangerous, and terribly destructive at their best. Continue reading

Specialists to talk about deer, wild pigs Aug. 29 in Marshall

by Adam Russell, Texas A&M AgriLife

An informational meeting about white-tailed deer and wild pigs is set for 5:30 p.m. Aug. 29 in Marshall.

The event, sponsored by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offices in Harrison and Panola counties, will be at the Marshall Civic Center, 2501 East End Blvd. S. and is free and open to the public. Dinner is included. Continue reading

Texas feral hog workshop attracts a crowd

in Morning Ag Clips

by Angela Moore, Prairie View A&M University

Derrick Banks, CEP Extension Agent, Agriculture and Natural Resources at Prairie View A&M University, spoke with constituents over the course of several weeks in Ft. Bend County this spring about the growing nuisance of feral hogs, so he knew that it was a hot-button issue. What he may not have known, however, was that the number of persons attending a workshop about field dressing and processing feral hogs would be double the number initially expected.

More than 50 participants came out to the Yelderman House in Needville, Texas this spring for a feral hog workshop covering field dressing and processing, eradicating and trapping, and nuisance control, including a discussion about technological advancements in trap types and equipment. Bo Haltom, River Bend Deer Processing, lead the Feral Hog Processing demonstration, going through the process step by step, from field dressing to processing, using a 250 pound boar as is found in growing numbers in the Ft. Bend County region. Haltom’s detailed review covered everything from the recommended technique for erecting and dressing the hog to minimize the risk of toxins from diseased organs that are contained in a localized area, from overflowing and contaminating the entire hog, to the best tools and proper techniques for cutting to minimize the amount of fat and to preserve the coat in taxidermy or market condition. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

The best window of time to trap wild pigs is about to close

by Adam Russell, Texas A&M AgriLife

Wild pigs are most vulnerable to trapping before food and forages become more available in the spring, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert.

Dr. Billy Higginbotham, AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist, Overton, said most acorns have either been consumed or are rotting on the ground now, and wild pigs are searching for alternative food sources. Continue reading

Feral Hog Management Workshop set for Jan. 30 in La Vernia, TX

by: Paul Schattenberg, Texas A&M AgriLife

A Feral Hog Management Workshop will be held Jan. 30 at the La Vernia Chamber of Commerce, 12301 U.S. Highway 87 in La Vernia.

There is no cost for the program, which will be from 8:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m. with registration from 8-8:30 a.m. Continue reading

Study quantifies cost of feral hogs

In Southeast Farm Press

by Scott Miller, Clemson University

Feral hogs are a $115 million problem for the agriculture, livestock and timber industries in South Carolina, according to a Clemson University study on landowners’ perceived damages from the invasive animals.

This is the first time a comprehensive dollar figure has been attached to the ecological and industry damages caused by wild hogs, which reproduce rapidly and are growing in numbers. Continue reading