LULING – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, in cooperation with the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board, will conduct a Feral Hog Management Workshop beginning at 8 a.m. Feb. 5 at the Luling Civic Center in Luling.
“Texas has one of the largest feral hog populations of any state,” said Jared Timmons, AgriLife Extension wildlife associate at San Marcos. “AgriLife Extension estimates that the destructive habits of hogs cost the Texas agricultural industry about $52 million in damages annually.
“Feral hogs are also significant contributors of pollutants to creeks and rivers across the state. As they congregate around water sources to drink and wallow, their fecal matter is deposited directly into streams, adding bacteria and nutrients to the water. Extensive rooting by groups of feral hogs can cause extreme erosion and soil loss.”
Timmons said landowners and other stakeholders in the Plum Creek watershed have identified feral hogs as a contributor to the elevated bacteria levels in the creek. Through the Plum Creek Watershed Protection Plan, landowners have identified management and control of this invasive pest as a priority to restore and protect water quality in the creek.
Workshop topics will include: Basic Biology of Feral Swine, Feral Hogs in the Plum Creek Watershed, Plum Creek Watershed Protection Plan Implementation, Population Dynamics, Laws and Regulations for Hunting Feral Hogs, Regulations on Movement of Feral Hogs, Feral Hog Control and Feral Hog Safety and Disease Concerns, and Update on Feral Hog Research.
Individual preregistration is $20 by Feb.1 and $30 thereafter. For more information and to preregister, contact the AgriLife Extension office in Caldwell County at 512-398-3122 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
The program is provided through a Clean Water Act Section 319(h) nonpoint source grant from the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.