Damage caused by feral hogs can be effectively controlled

Damage caused by feral hogs can be effectively controlled

Feral hogs are common in much of Oklahoma and abundant in local areas They compete with native wildlife, and damage pastures and crops, creating a need for effective control methodsManaging Wild Hog Damage Workshop.

The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation is teaming up with the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service and Mississippi State University Extension Service to host a Managing Wild Hog Damage Workshop.

The workshop will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, March 29. Because of demand, the location has been changed to the Ardmore Convention Center, located at 2401 N. Rockford Road in Ardmore. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m.

The workshop is designed to provide foundational knowledge on ways to control damage due to invasive wild hogs (also known as “feral hogs”). Seminar attendees will receive information on wild hog history, biology (including diseases and parasites), and trapping techniques and designs. There will also be a discussion on wildlife services available in Oklahoma and laws governing removal of animals. The workshop will conclude with a demonstration on trapping techniques.

“Feral hogs are common in much of Oklahoma and abundant in local areas," said Russell Stevens, wildlife and fisheries consultant for the Noble Foundation. “They compete with native wildlife, and damage pastures and crops, creating a need for effective control methods. This workshop will present facts currently known about feral hogs as well as techniques used to control them.”

This workshop is offered at no cost, but advance registration is required. To register, please contact Tracy Cumbie at 580.224.6411 or register online at www.noble.org/AgEvents.

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