Feral hogs have become a major nuisance for Texas farmers and ranchers, including those along the Attoyac Bayou watershed. To address the issue, the Texas AgriLife Extension Service will hold a public meeting at 6 p.m. June 28 at its office in Nacogdoches County, 203 West Main Street in Nacogdoches.
The meeting specifically will address feral hog control methods and ways to improve water quality of the Attoyac Bayou. Dr. Billy Higginbotham, Texas AgriLife Extension wildlife and fisheries specialist, will present “Wild pig damage abatement through control efforts” during the meeting.
“Though eradication is not an option with current legal tools, landowners can effectively reduce the damage feral hogs cause,” Higginbotham said. “Legal control methods for managing the damage caused by feral hogs include shooting, trapping, snaring and the use of catch dogs. However, trapping using best management practices is the first line of defense for most landowners.”
The meeting is free and open to the public. One continuing education unit will be offered in the Laws and Regulations category through the Texas Department of Agriculture. For more information, contact Jamie Sugg, Texas AgriLife Extension agent in Nacogdoches County, at (936) 560-7711 or firstname.lastname@example.org.