Texas alone is home to an estimated 2.6 million feral swine, the largest population of any state. These wild animals are credited with causing an estimated $52 million in agricultural damages to the state each year, and that number is rising.
The primary insects known to vector VS in horses and cattle, and mosquito activity in areas that received excessive rainfall may continue to promote the spread of VS and West Nile Virus among humans and livestock.
TAHC officials say nearly 300 head of stray and feral cattle— animals that had obviously wandered across the river into border areas on the Texas side of the border—were recently rounded up near Langtry, Texas.
On Monday (Oct. 6), the President signed the federal declaration of disaster and ordered FEMA to dispatch assistance to aid and supplement New Mexico state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in areas most affected by recent severe storms and flooding.