Of the 4 to 5 million feral hogs in the United States, an estimated 2.6 million call Texas home. Feral hogs can be found in 99% of Texas counties and cause an estimated $52 million in damages to Texas agricultural enterprises each year. Additionally, feral hogs are causing an increasing amount of damage to landscapes in suburban/urban areas across the state.
There are no registered toxicants or other products that can be legally used as poisons to control feral hogs in the United States. Legal population reduction techniques in Texas include shooting, trapping, snaring and the use of specially trained dogs. Best management practices suggest that trapping can be a highly effective technique, but ultimately, a strategic combination of multiple techniques will have the largest impact on feral hog populations within the state.
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For more information, please visit: http://feralhogs.tamu.edu.