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- Feral hogs are a major problem on agricultural lands in Texas.
- The new two months may be the best time to make a dent in those populations.
- But control measures require more than just setting traps for wild pigs, a Texas AgriLife Extension specialist says.
From now until spring green-up is one of the best times of the year to control wild pigs, according to a Texas AgriLife Extension Service expert. One factor is that hungry wild pigs are on the move and more likely to be out in the open to forage for food this time of year, said Dr. Billy Higginbotham, AgriLife Extension fisheries and wildlife specialist, Overton.
Wild pigs, aka feral hogs, browse wooded areas, graze pastures and root up planted crops for food, Higginbotham said. They also scavenge and raid deer-feeder sites. From January through spring green-up, many of these food sources are not as available.
“Native foods such as acorns disappear as winter wears on, and many deer hunters do not continue to supplement their deer population after hunting season,” Higginbotham said. “As a result, the wild pigs will be increasingly on the move and more susceptible to baiting as they search for food.”
Another reason to step up control efforts of wild pigs this time of year has to do with the animals’ breeding behavior, he said.