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TEXARKANA, Ark. –
Feral Hog Control Workshop in Texarkana
Thursday, December 8, 2016, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Location – Southwest Electric Cooperative (REA)
Register to attend this FREE event by calling 870-779-3609 or email email@example.com by December 5.
The Miller County Extension Service is offering a free Feral Hog Control Workshop
on December 8, 2016, from 3:30-5:00 p.m. at the Southwest Electric Cooperative building
(REA). Please pre-register for this event by calling 870-779-3609 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by December 5, 2016.
Feral hogs are domesticated swine released accidentally or purposefully for sport
hunting. After a generation or two, progeny of a domesticated hog appear untamed,
with thickened fur and tusks. Sows produce litters (average six piglets) starting
at six months of age and have few predators after reaching maturity.
Their feeding and wallowing behaviors create a number of problems, including agriculture
crop loss, pasture damage, wildlife habitat loss, water pollution (e.g., sedimentation,
transmission of E. coli), and disease transmission to livestock and in rare cases, people. Non-native feral
hogs compete directly with native wildlife species for limited food supplies, disturb
habitat, and consume small mammals and reptiles, the young of larger mammals (e.g.,
fawns), and eggs and young of ground-nesting birds (e.g., bobwhites, wild turkey).
Although small herds of feral hogs have lived in Arkansas for generations, the feral
hog population in the state has increased and expanded dramatically in recent years.
Many believe this expansion into previously uninhabited areas is from hog releases
by sport hunters. The National Feral Swine Mapping System is updated monthly using
data collected from state wildlife agencies and USDA APHIS Wildlife Services. These
maps illustrate the dramatic expansion of feral hogs throughout North America.
Controlling the prolific feral hog has proven difficult. Feral hogs are very adaptive
and learn to avoid hunters and traps. Hogs are very mobile, and will range for miles
in search of food or mates. Most feral hogs are nocturnal, and therefore unseen. Signs
of feral hogs are rooting, tracks, wallows, nests or beds, tree and post rubs.
For more information on feral hogs and their control, visit http://uaex.uada.edu/feralhogs
By Miller County Agent County Extension Agent - AgricultureThe Cooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Miller County Agent County Extension Agent - Agriculture U of A Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service 400 Laurel Street, Suite 215 Texarkana AR 71854 (870) 779-3609 email@example.com
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