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Posted 07 June 2012 - 03:51 PM

Attending these meetings will sometimes lead to getting to know land owners with hog problems!

Contact: Jamie Sugg, 936-560-7711, jdsugg@ag.tamu.edu
Lucas Gregory, 979-845-7869, lfgregory@ag.tamu.edu

NACOGDOCHES – Residents in the Attoyac Bayou watershed in Rusk, Shelby, San Augustine and Nacogdoches counties can learn about feral hog control and the pests’ contribution to poor water quality in the watershed at a June 28 meeting hosted by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and is open to the public at no cost. It will be held in the meeting room of the AgriLife Extension office for Nacogdoches County, located at 203 West Main in Nacogdoches.


A program relating to feral hog control in the the Attoyac Bayou area will be presented during an evening meeting June 28 at the Texas AgriLife Extension Service office in Nacogdoches. (Texas Water Resource Institute photo)

Dr. Billy Higginbotham, AgriLife Extension wildlife and fisheries specialist from Overton, will give a presentation called “Wild Pig Damage Abatement through Control Efforts,” according to Jamie Sugg, AgriLife Extension agent, Nacogdoches County.

Texas has one of the largest feral hog populations of any state and AgriLife Extension has estimated that the destructive habits of hogs cause about $52 million in damages annually to Texas farms, ranches and the agricultural industry, Sugg said.

“Feral hog damage is not only an agricultural issue,” Higginbotham added. “The porkers are now causing damages in urban and suburban communities as they search for food.”

Higginbotham said a single hog can cause $200 in damages annually. This estimate does not include the ecological damages the pigs cause, for example, by competing with whitetail deer and other species for food and habitat.

Fortunately, he said, the damages caused by feral pigs can be significantly reduced through control efforts, which he will discuss in his overview of feral hogs, their life cycle and what landowners legally can and cannot do to control these animals.

“Though eradication is not an option with current legal tools, landowners can effectively reduce the damage feral hogs cause,” Higginbotham said. “Legal control methods for managing the damage caused by feral hogs include shooting, trapping, snaring and the use of catch dogs. However, trapping using best management practices is the first line of defense for most landowners.”

Feral hogs are also contributors of pollutants to creeks and rivers across the state, said Lucas Gregory, a Texas Water Resource Institute project specialist and manager of the local Attoyac Bayou watershed protection plan development effort.

“As feral hogs congregate around water sources to drink and wallow, their fecal matter can be deposited directly in streams, adding bacteria and nutrients to the water bodies, potentially making them unsuitable to support contact recreation,” Gregory said.


AgriLife Extension experts say much can be done to control feral hogs, which cause an estimated $52 million in damage statewide each year. (Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo)

Gregory will give an update on the Attoyac Bayou project, whose goal is to develop a plan for managing sources of pollution contributing to the current water quality impairment due to elevated E. coli present in the stream.

The watershed protection plan project is funded by the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board through a general revenue nonpoint source grant to the Texas Water Resources Institute and Texas AgriLife Research, Gregory said.

Information about controlling feral hogs is available at http://feralhogs.tamu.edu/.

One continuing education unit for laws and regulation will be offered through Texas Department of Agriculture’s pesticide recertification program.

For more information about the meeting, contact Sugg at 936-560-7711 or jdsugg@ag.tamu.edu
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