The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offices in Kerr, Edwards and Real counties are partnering to present a predator awareness workshop from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on March 26 at the Kerr Wildlife Management Area, 2625 Farm-to-Market 1340, some 12 miles northwest of Hunt, Texas.
Registration for the "Feral Hog Predator Management Workshop" begins at 8:30 a.m.
"The day's program will include retired trapper Charlie Baird," says program coordinator Roy Walston, AgriLife Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources in Kerr County. "Charlie is a wealth of knowledge and will share his years of experience in trapping and interpret the 'vocabulary' of the coyote and mountain lion."
Walston says another workshop presenter, Cameron Martin, will discuss the economics of hog trapping and some of the current feral hog research being conducted at the management area.
"Remote trapping systems and hog-proof fencing and construction will be some items discussed," he says.
Wild hogs are causing multi-millions of dollars in damage to Texas each year. The feral hogs wreak havoc not only to livestock operations and wildlife, but also to crops such as sorghum and peanuts, causing many producers to quit raising the crops all together. The hogs also destroy fences, pollute water sources, and can spread diseases like pseudo-rabies.
The preregistration predator workshop fee is just $25 or $30 for at-the-door registration. The cost includes lunch, refreshments, and all educational materials.
Attendees should preregister by March 22 by contacting the AgriLife Extension office in Kerr County at 830-257-6568; Edwards County at 830-683-4310; or Real County at 830-232-6673.
Those attending can earn three hours of continuing education units from the Texas Department of Agriculture. One CEU will be in integrated pest management, and two CEUs will be in the general category. The CEUs are applicable to commercial, non-commercial, and private applicators.