Conservation Matters August 2015

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

New IRNR-supported feral hog video series offers management expertise

New IRNR-supported feral hog video series offers management expertise

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is taking steps to help landowners manage the state’s ever-increasing feral hog population. A recent step is the Wild Pig Management Video Series.

Mark Tyson and Josh Helcel, AgriLife Extension associates with the Wildlife and Fisheries unit, collaborated with Texas Wildlife Services personnel in compiling the series. Tyson said it consists of an all-inclusive trailer and the following five videos: How to Corral Trap Wild Pigs; Corral Trapping Wild Pigs: A Success Story; How to Box Trap Wild Pigs; Shooting Techniques for Wild Pigs; and How to Snare Wild Pigs.

Tyson said his unit’s staff came up with the idea when they realized the need for a comprehensive video resource on feral hog, or wild pig, management.

“With feral hogs in 99 percent of Texas counties now, causing upwards of $52 million in annual agricultural damages, managing their expanding populations is a real challenge,” Tyson said. “Our job is to provide landowners with the tools they need to get the job done, and we trust this will be another very useful tool in their feral hog management toolbox.”

Tyson said his department is confident the videos will clarify many management points not always easily understood through other media. Doing so should help land managers effectively manage this destructive nuisance species and reduce its impacts on native habitat, wildlife, livestock, water quality and agricultural production, he said.

Tyson said the video series came about after he and Dr. Jim Cathey, the unit’s associate department head, applied for and received a Renewable Resources Extension Act Grant. The grant was funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture and administered through the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources.

Additional information on feral hog management is available at feralhogs.tamu.edu. For more information, contact Tyson at 979.845.4698 or mark.tyson@ag.tamu.edu. Read the original AgriLife Today news release.

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