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By Mary Hightower The Cooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division of Agriculture
LITTLE ROCK – Ruined lawns, fox holes wallowed into pastures and devoured farm crops
are just part of the estimated $1.5 billion in annual damage and control costs linked
to feral hogs nationwide.
“The explosive growth of feral hog populations has caused an immense amount of frustration
for farmers and landowners across Arkansas,” said Becky McPeake, extension wildlife
specialist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
HOGS -- Feral hogs are smart and highly adaptable, even being spotted in urban areas.
Here, a sow and piglets cross a road near Conway, Arkansas. Taken July 8, 2015 (CREDIT
MANDATORY: Photo by Scott Patrom)
“People have shot at hog or put a trap out thinking that’s all they had to do to gain
control, but they’re getting outsmarted by the pigs,” she said. “Feral hogs are not
comfortable around humans and once the pigs encounter humans, they tend to become
less visible. They are highly adaptable and will do what is necessary to survive.”
McPeake also said “the problem isn’t limited to just rural areas, they’re now being
reported near urban areas like Conway.”
To address the issue, the Cooperative Extension Service, the Arkansas Forest Resources
Center and Arkansas Game and Fish Commission are hosting two feral hog workshops in
the coming weeks.
“Trapping and managing hog populations takes time and a lot of planning,” she said.
“We will be presenting research-based methods that landowners can implement to help
control destructive hog populations.”
The first meeting is set for Thursday, Aug. 27, at the Southwest Research and Extension
Center in Hope. There’s no cost to attend, but seating is limited. Please RSVP to
your county extension office by Aug. 20. A head count is needed for dinner.
The second will be held Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Pine Tree Research Station in
Colt. There is no cost to attend. RSVPs are due Friday, Sept. 11, to the county extension
office. A head count will be needed for lunch.
Program expenses are sponsored by the Natural Resources Conservation Service and meals
are sponsored by the Arkansas Forestry Association.
Agenda for Aug. 27 evening meeting at Southwest Research and Extension Center, Hope:
Agenda for Sept. 19 daytime meeting at Pine Tree Research Station, Colt:
To learn more wildlife management, contact your county extension office or visit www.uaex.uada.edu.
The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative
action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need
materials in another format, please contact your County Extension office (or other
appropriate office) as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.
The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible persons
regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin,
religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any
other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
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Media Contact: Mary HightowerDir. of Communication ServicesU of A Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service(501) email@example.com