High hog numbers prompt educational workshops

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu

Contact: Jared Timmons, 254-485-4886, jbtimmons@ag.tamu.edu

 

ELGIN – Escalating feral hog numbers have prompted the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service to conduct educational workshops throughout the state.

One of these feral hog management workshops is set from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Elgin VFW Hall, 118 Old Sayers Road in Elgin.

“We try to keep the topics of these workshops pertinent to a particular region by addressing issues specific to that area,” said Jared Timmons, AgriLife Extension associate with the department of wildlife and fisheries sciences stationed at San Marcos. “This one is no different and should offer those in Bastrop and surrounding counties a good overview of where they stand feral hog-wise and what they can do about it.”

Individual preregistration is $20 by Nov. 13 and $30 thereafter. The fee includes a noon meal. For more information and to RSVP, contact the AgriLife Extension office in Bastrop County at 512-581-7186, bastrop-tx@tamu.edu .

Five Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units will available-three general, one integrated pest management and one laws and regulations.

Topics and speakers will include:

– Basic Biology of Feral Swine and Feral Hog Damage in Watersheds, Timmons.

– Lower Colorado River Watershed, Bobby Humphrey, Lower Colorado River Authority natural resources conservation coordinator, Johnson City.

– Population Dynamics of Feral Hogs, Meredith Longoria, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department biologist, Bastrop and Caldwell counties.

– Laws and Regulations for Hunting Feral Hogs, Kris Bishop, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game warden, Bastrop County.

– Agricultural Regulations Regarding Feral Hogs, Beau Whisenant, Texas Department of Agriculture regional education specialist, Leander.

– Feral Hog Control, John Calentine, U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services federal trouble-shooter, Seguin.

– Feral Hog Safety and Disease Concerns and Feral Hog Transportation Regulations, Dr. Tommy Barton, Texas Animal Health Commission veterinarian, Austin.

– Feral Hog Research Update, Timmons.

Timmons said the workshop is sponsored through a Clean Water Act nonpoint source grant from the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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