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March 24, 2014

Dealing with the ‘pig’ things in life

By TYLER MASK

Have you ever encountered a “hog problem?” Are you ready to learn how to deal with the “pig things” in life? Texas A&M AgriLife services may have just what you need.

“Feral hogs are really bad in Palo Pinto County,” Palo Pinto County Extension Agent Scott Mauney said. “They are really destructive on crops and fences. They do a lot of damage economic-wise.”

The extension agencies of Palo Pinto, Jack and Parker counties are fighting back by inviting everyone to attend the Brazos River Feral Hog Workshop, April 10.

The event, which is hosted by Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will consist of speakers from the Texas Animal Health Commission, Brazos River Authority, AgriLife Extension Wildlife and Fisheries, Texas Wildlife Services and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Game Wardens.

Topics to be covered include:

• Basic ecology and biology of feral hogs.

• Feral hogs and the Brazos River Watersheds.

• Regulations for transporting feral hogs and disease control.

• Feral hog traps.

• Control techniques.

• Population dynamics.

• Hunting regulations.

“The workshop will help people understand some things they can do to help control feral hogs and learn about programs that are available to them,” Mauney said.

Registration will kick off the event at 8:30 a.m. at the Palo Pinto County Extension Office. The registration fee is $20, which includes lunch. The workshop will also offer 3 Continuing Education Units for those looking to maintain their licenses.

 

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