Program will include hands-on trap design and placement
CORSICANA – The Texas AgriLife Extension Service will hold a feral hog workshop 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. April 4 at the Navarro County Exposition Center, 4021 W. State Highway 22, Corsicana.Feral hogs cause an estimated $52 million in damages to Texas cropland and pastures, according to Logan Lair, AgriLife Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources in Navarro County.
They also create environmental damage that potentially could be a concern for all Navarro County residents.
“Feral hogs are a large source of pollutants in our watersheds and waterways. Control of feral hogs could improve the quality of our drinking water,” Lair said.
“As feral hogs congregate around water sources to drink and wallow, their fecal matter is deposited directly into streams, adding bacteria and nutrients to the water bodies,” said Dr. Jim Cathey, AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist and one of the program presenters, College Station.
Registration is $25, which will include lunch, refreshments and educational materials. Pre-registration by March 27 is required by contacting the AgriLife Extension office in Navarro County at 903-654-3075.
In the morning, classroom presentation topics will include feral hog biology, the impact of feral hogs on watersheds, hunting laws and regulations, disease concerns and effective trapping techniques.
“For the afternoon session we will head outside for hands-on work with trap construction and placement strategies,” Lair said.
Holders of Texas Department of Agriculture private pesticide applicator licenses will be eligible for three continuing education units, two in the general category and one in law and regulations.