Swine damage to field crops results both from feeding and from feeding related activities such as trampling and rooting. As would be expected, the heaviest damage often occurs toward the end of the growing season when crops are, or nearly are, mature. In addition, feral swine prey on lambs, kids, fawns and ground nesting birds.

Feral swine feeding activities can have a negative effect on the availability of food resources for both livestock and wildlife. Wild hog populations compete with resident deer and turkey populations for limited resources. Feral swine are omnivorous and feed on a wide variety of items, many of which are staples for native wildlife.

Kerr, Edwards and Real counties in the Texas Hill Country are particularly vulnerable to wild hog predation. In addition to the large number of sheep and goat operations, the delicate balance of wildlife is being adversely affected as swine populations increase at an alarming rate. In addition, damage to fields and forage is increasing as the number of swine grows.

A “Feral Hog and Predator Management Workshop” has been set for March 26, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Kerr Wildlife Management Area, 2625 Farm-to-Market 1340, 12 miles northwest of Hunt, Texas.

“The day’s program will include retired trapper Charlie Baird,” said program coordinator Roy Walston, AgriLife Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources, Kerr County. “Charlie is a wealth of knowledge and will share his years of experience in trapping and interpret the ‘vocabulary’ of the coyote and mountain lion.”

Walston said another workshop presenter, Cameron Martin, will discuss the economics of hog trapping and some of the current feral hog research being conducted at the management area.

“Remote trapping systems and hog-proof fencing and construction will be discussed,” he said.

Preregistration workshop fee is $25, $30 for at-the-door registration. The cost includes lunch, refreshments and all educational materials. Attendees should preregister by March 22 by contacting the AgriLife Extension office in Kerr County at 830-257-6568, Edwards County at 830-683-4310 or Real County at 830-232-6673.

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