Feral Hog (Sus Scrofia)

        Does this picture make you think “How cute?” wildpigs

or does it say “Where’s the ruts in my yard or pasture this time?”

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More and more residents of Brazoria County see these feral hogs as the invasive species they are.  As their numbers grow, so does the property destruction and need for management, the need to control them on the deer lease, as well as, disease concerns. Now here is the real question landowners in Brazoria County are asking….. “How can I take care of this nuisance?”  One way you can help us out is by reporting your local hog sightings. You can always read the AgriLife Wild Pig Newsletter for the latest information from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. Also checkout Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s and Texas Parks and Wildlife’s complete overview of feral hogs.

A good place to start is to learn to recognize the signs of feral hogs and how to control the damage. Some people may wish to hunt and trap the feral hogs themselves. Always be sure to keep up with the Texas Laws and Regulations regarding the hunting of feral hogs. You will need to decide if you want to build and place snares or trap the hogs. If you choose to trap the hogs, AgriLife Extension has articles on box and corral traps. As well as, placing and baiting the traps, and door modification to the traps if needed. Once you trap them, now what? You could sell the hogs, just be sure to know the regulations for transporting, or process the meat. Here are some feral hog recipes.

Many people wonder if feral hogs carry disease, how it could affect their livestock and if they should be concerned. AgriLife Extension has addressed three diseases that cause the most concern which are: swine brucellosis, psuedorabies, and tularemia, although, feral hogs harbor other diseases as well.

More information on feral hogs can be found at TAMU and Extension.org. TAMU Wildlife also offers a list of popular publications.

Be sure to subscribe to TAMU Wildlife and Fisheries Extension on YouTube. Here is one of the YouTube videos.

For more information contact Ag and Natural Resources Agent, Jessica Chase by email or at 979-864-1558 x 110.

 

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