With as many as 2 million feral hogs causing millions of dollars in urban and rural property damage across the Lone Star State each year, the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) has challenged all 254 Texas counties to step up efforts to curb the ongoing problem and decrease the state's feral hog population.

In Arlington, which has been seriously affected by feral hogs, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples read a proclamation declaring October "Hog Out Month - Get the Hog Outta Texas!" 

"Wild, feral hogs are causing tremendous damage across the landscape of Texas," Commissioner Staples said. "Texas landowners are encouraged to step up and do their part to reduce the number of feral hogs and protect our state from further damage.

Commissioner Staples kicked off a county challenge to reduce the number of hogs by legal means. The challenge, which has recruited nearly 60 counties so far, will run through Oct. 31. A grant will be given to the counties with the most hogs removed. More details about the county challenge for Hog Out Month—Get the Hog Outta Texas!—can be found at www.TexasAgriculture.gov under Most Popular Links.