Build a better hog trap and the world will beat a path to your door.

Well, maybe not the world, but certainly a lot of farmers, ranchers, land owners and property managers who deal with this increasingly damaging pest will be interested in anything that helps reduce wild hog damage.

And that damage is significant. Estimates indicate Texas agricultural interests lose some $52 million per year to a population of feral hogs believed to be near 2.5 million. Oklahoma populations range from 617,000 to 1.4 million, with recent trends indicating a number closer to the higher figure. Nationally, wild pigs account for as much as $1.5 billion in losses each year.

Controlling feral hogs is made more difficult by the animal’s population dynamics. Female pigs may reproduce as young as six months and are capable of producing two litters per year with as many as 10 pigs per litter.

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Typical control methods—trapping and hunting—can neither reduce nor maintain populations. Chemical controls, currently, are illegal.

Consequently, farmers, ranchers and landowners need a control strategy that will at least make a dent in the feral hog population.

Josh Gaskamp, ag research associate with the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation in Ardmore, Oklahoma, may have a better hog trap.

Gaskamp discussed a new trapping system, tabbed the “Boar Buster,” at the recent Oklahoma Peanut Expo in Lone Wolf.