Control methods bolster feral hog removal inTexas

Texaslandowners, who spend an estimated $7 million or more annually on feral hog control and damage mitigation, removed more than 87,000 feral hogs from over18.2 million acres through a program by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Extension Wildlife Services. The effort created aneconomic benefit of $26.1 millionin terms of reducing crop, livestock andagricultural property damages. Two avenues were used to implement educational outreach in targeted areas. Direct control assists agricultural producers and landowners with the abatement and removal of feral hogs, using individual and multiple integratedcontrol strategies. Indirect control consists of tools to facilitate feral hog abatement through legal control methods conveyed via educational outreach and technical assistance. More than 10,200 producers and landowners attended one or more of the 233 educational events from 2017 to 2019. Information was disseminated through mass media, social media and two websites:Texas A&M Natural Resources Wild Pigsand Coping with Feral Hogs, reaching a total of 1.9 million contacts from 2017 to 2019.The removal of feral hogs through indirect control resulted in an additional $14.4 million in benefits, for a total economic benefit of $40.5 million since 2017.Link to full statement on website: