Feral Hog Dilemma to be Addressed at Annual Meeting of SWCD Directors
TEMPLE, TX (October 10, 2011)--The feral hog dilemma in Texas seems to be a curse that won’t go away, but rather seems to be intensifying. Dr. Billy Higginbotham, Extension Specialist, Texas AgriLife Research and ExtensionCenterat Overton, will speak to SWCD directors attending the 71st Annual Meeting of Soil and Water Conservation Districts about the current feral hog problem in the state.
The annual meeting which draws some 600 conservation district officials from over the state will be held Oct. 24-26 in San Antonio at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort.
Dr. Higginbotham will talk about current research supporting control efforts with respect to the feral hog dilemma inTexasin an afternoon workshop on Tuesday, Oct. 25. He will also talk about the reasons behind the current feral hog population levels in the state as well as the legal control methods and best management practices associated with each method. The characteristics of damage caused by the hogs will also be addressed.
According to a recent study by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Texas A&M University Institute for Renewable Natural Resources, about 134 million acres, or 79 percent of the state’s total of 170 million acres is feral hog habitat.