LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Several South Plains counties have joined numerous Texas counties in an effort to reduce the state's feral hog population. Cochran, Dickens, Gains and Kent counties have all signed up for the challenge.
The Texas Department of Agriculture along with its commissioner Todd Staples have declared October, "Hog Out Month, Get The Hog Outta Texas!" Commissioner Staples is challenging counties to participate in this cause, but stresses practicing legal measures.
Landowners are encouraged to call their local AgriLife Extension Agent for information on feral hog control measures. The Lubbock County Texas Agrilife Extension Services is at 916 Main St # 201 and can be contacted at (806) 775-1680.
There are around 2 million feral hogs in Texas that cause an estimated $400 million in damages annually. These wild hogs commonly destroy urban yards, parks and golf courses, as well as rangeland, pastures, crops, fencing, wildlife feeders, and other property.
A grant will be given to the county that removes the most hogs. The challenge will run through October 31st.
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