Invasive wild hogs threatening Texas farmers and ranchers

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Wild hogs are becoming an increasing problem for Texas farmers.

The feral animals are not only multiplying at a fast rate, they are also costing millions of dollars in lost profits.

The Texas Farm Bureau says there needs to be a death rate of about 70% or more every year to maintain a steady wild hog population, and we are no where close that number.

“Feral pig problem in Texas is just enormous, it’s a challenging issue that’s growing every year,” said Tracy Tomascik, Associate Director for Commodity and Regulatory Activities.

Those animals are causing headaches for Texas farmers and ranchers who depend on their crops or livestock to survive.

“So right now they’re planting corn and unfortunately feral hogs have figured out if they go behind that planter and tractor once they’ve left the field they figured out that the corn seeds that are quite expensive are in a line in a row in those fields and they’re literally routing them up and eating them,” said Tomascik.

Texas A&M AgriLife estimated over 10 years ago that the annual loss was $52 million, today that number is much higher.

“Just imagine about the pig population growth over 10 years, we think is much higher than that and sure are ready to see some statistics to more accurately reflect whats truly being caused to our farmers and ranchers,” said Tomascik.

Not only are they eating someones source of income, they are also damaging our environment.

“Folks that live in our Metropolitan communities encroachment Pond subdivisions and parts of the state specially golf courses you see that a lot,” said Tomascik.

Right now, there’s not much people can do.

“Trapping is a possibility, hunting of course is a helpful tool in the toolbox and those of the primary defenses that we have or you can call them offenses,” said Tomascik.

Wild hogs also carry a number of diseases that affect animals as well as people.

The Texas Farm Bureau says if you’ve had or are currently having a hog problem, you can report it to the Texas AgriLife Extension Service HERE.

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