Lampasas Feral Hog Workshop slated for Oct. 16

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu
Contact: Lisa Prcin, 254-774-6008, lprcin@brc.tamus.edu

LAMPASAS – Texas A&M AgriLife will conduct the Lampasas Feral Hog Workshop from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Grace Fellowship Church, 2974 U.S. Highway 281 in Lampasas.

The workshop is a joint effort among Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, the Lampasas River Watershed Partnership and the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board.

Individual preregistration is $15 by Oct. 11 and $20 thereafter. To RSVP, contact Lisa Prcin, Lampasas River Watershed coordinator with AgriLife Research, at 254-774-6008, lprcin@brc.tamus.edu .

Five Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units, 0.5 integrated pest management, 1.5 laws and regulations and three general, will be available to current private applicator license holders.

“Feral hogs were identified by the Lampasas River Watershed Partnership as a primary concern as a contributor of bacteria to the watershed in the Lampasas River Watershed Protection Plan, and various management approaches for feral hog control were outlined in the document,” Prcin said. “This workshop is part of the outreach and education strategy of the Lampasas River WPP.”

“Feral hogs and the destruction they cause are fast becoming the bane of all Central Texas landowners no matter what their interests are,” said Dan Gaskins, AgriLife Extension wildlife and fisheries sciences assistant at Gatesville and a workshop coordinator and speaker. “So the workshop topics we’ll offer should be of interest to anybody with ties to the land, be they agricultural producers, hunters, those with recreational property or even homeowners who are being adversely affected by feral hogs.”

Joining Gaskins as speakers will be Dr. Pete Fincher, Texas Animal Health Commission regional director, Lampasas; Prcin and Patrick Flanigan, AgriLife Extension Wildlife Services wildlife damage management technician, San Antonio. Gaskins said a game warden and biologist with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department are also being scheduled.

Topics will include basic feral hog ecology and biology, feral hogs and the Lampasas River watershed, feral hog transportation regulations and related disease concerns, control techniques, population dynamics, research update, hog hunting techniques and feral hog resources.

For more information, contact Prcin or call Gaskins at 254-248-0562.

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