Wild hogs are much more than a nuisance in Texas. The critters are a multi-million problem that appears to be unstoppable.
With this in mind, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in a joint effort will conduct a feral hog management workshop and tour on April 5 at the Muse Wildlife Management Area in northern Brown County, Texas.
Scott Anderson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent for Brown County, Brownwood, says the workshop will begin at 9:30 a.m. with registration for attendees. The feral hog management workshop will follow, starting at 10 a.m., and the program is scheduled to end with a tour of the Muse Wildlife Management Area at noon.
Topics during the day's event will include: feral hog facts and status, current trapping and removal, swine health risks, and current research.
Besides wreaking havoc on crops, livestock, and wildlife operations, including damage to fences and other structures, wild hogs also can spread diseases such as pseudo-rabies.
"We will also be touring the Muse Wildlife(Management) Area to view a 'rainwater guzzler' used for wildlife water and examine cage traps and other methods the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department uses to help control feral hogs on the property," Anderson says.
Anderson notes the workshop is one of several the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is cooperating and coordinating with other agencies with professional help to help manage the rapidly growing feral hog population in Central Texas.
There is no charge for the workshop, and the public is urged to attend, Anderson says.
For more information on the feral hog management workshop, or if you need to obtain directions to the Muse Wildlife Management Area, you can contact Devin Erxleben, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department wildlife biologist in charge of the Muse Wildlife Management Area at 325-203-6926, or by Email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Anderson at 325-646-0386 or Email to email@example.com.