Conservation Matters June 2012

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

New feral hog online resource provides multi-state expertise

New feral hog onlineThe Texas AgriLife Extension Service has partnered with other land-grant university Extension entities and agencies to launch an important new resource, the Feral Hog Community of Practice, part of eXtension.org.

"This new resource area on eXtension.org will concentrate on the control, adaptive management, biology, economics, disease risks and human interface relating to feral hogs across the U.S.," said Dr. Jim Cathey, AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist who has lead this effort for the past year.

To use the site, go to extension.org/feral_hogs.

"Through this community of practice, experts from across the nation will produce and convey critical information to the public about feral hogs through web-based resources," said Cathey. "We're providing these resources through eXtension.org, an interactive learning environment that delivers objective, well-researched knowledge from some of the best minds within the nation's land-grant university system."

Cathey said a community of practice is typically a multi-institutional, multi-state and multi-disciplinary group of professional educators with expertise in a subject matter area who join together to bring the best and most timely educational resources to the public.

"For the past year, our group has been developing educational resources for feral hog management and now those resources can be viewed by the general public," Cathey said. "And while some of these resources are targeted toward the feral hog situation in Texas, other resources are specific to feral hog management in partnering states."

Cathey said the website includes many creative resources aimed at the public and natural resource professionals.

Read the full AgriLife TODAY article for more information.

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