FERAL HOG PROJECT ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Higginbotham, Billy

The Texas Legislature provided $1M for feral hog abatement to the Texas Department of Agriculture for the 2008-2009 Biennium. That money was provided through a grant to Texas AgriLife Extension Services-Wildlife Services program (WS) to conduct statewide abatement projects for a 2-year period from March 1, 2008 through February 28, 2010. While the terms of the grant were to provide direct assistance to landowners, AgriLife Extension also conducts feral hog education efforts, which were tracked for the duration of the grant. AgriLife Extension established a stakeholder advisory committee to assist in prioritizing the projects. During Year 1 of the grant (March, 2008 through February, 2009), a total of 17 special projects, plus a number of isolated responses were accomplished. During Year 2 of the grant (March 2009-February 2010), a total of 18 projects were accomplished, many of these were continuations from the first year. Overall, for the two year period, 19 projects were identified and worked. Figure 1 details the counties with planned special projects. Special emphasis was given to projects where larger landowner groups were formed to assist with removal as well as to areas where cooperative funding was available. The overall goals of the projects during both years were to address specific resources in need of protection from hogs in diverse geographic areas of the State.