SAN MARCOS, TEXAS – July 23, 2018 –  Hays County has launched a new program to help reduce the feral hog population after receiving a grant from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Wildlife Services to assist residents with feral hog management efforts. The program will include a Feral Hog Workshop and webinar, a bounty program, a countywide damage assessment and financial assistance to selected landowners who wish to trap hogs.

The County has partnered with The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University, the Cypress Creek Project, the San Marcos Watershed Initiative, the Plum Creek Watershed Partnership, Caldwell County and Guadalupe County to assist with educational components of the program.

“The 2018 feral hog program in Hays County has a great opportunity for sustained success as we have received both the funding and support to coordinate on a regional scale with projects in Caldwell County and Guadalupe County,” said Nick Dornak, Watershed Services Coordinator at The Meadows Center.

Feral hogs are a problem in Texas that impact water quality in our creeks and rivers, as well as cause financial loss to agricultural production. Texas is home to an estimated 3 million feral hogs. Lacking sweat glands, hogs seek out shelter along Texas creeks and rivers, which can result in contamination of those waterways, such as Cypress Creek. Also, hog rooting and feeding behaviors impact agricultural production across the State and nation.

“Feral hogs continue to pose significant problems for both agriculture producers and residential property owners in Hays County,” said Jason Mangold, Hays County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources.

The Hays County bounty program will be held on Wednesdaysbeginning July 25 and run through August 22. All tails and forms must be submitted by Wednesday, August 22. During that period, individuals can bring in feral hog tails and/or certified buying station receipts to the Hays County AgriLife Extension office, 220 Stillwater Drive Wimberley, (Wednesdays only)during regular business hours (8am-12pm and 1pm-5pm). Tailsand/or receipts must be from feral hogs harvested in Hays County. Participants will be required to complete a participation form, which can be obtained from the Hays County Extension Office or on the Central Texas Feral Hog Task Force website.The property owners name and contact information where the hogs were harvested are required on the form.

The Hays County Feral Hog Workshop will be held on Wednesday, August 15 at the Dunbar Recreation Center, 801 W MLK Street San Marcos, from 12:30pm to 3:30pm for interested residents to learn about feral hog management measures. Workshop details will be posted online at http://www.feralhogtaskforce.com/calendar.

For more information, visit the project website,http://www.feralhogtaskforce.com/hays. For questions, email The Meadows Center at feralhog@txstate.edu or call 512.245.6697.

About The Meadows Center
The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University was named following a generous gift from The Meadows Foundation in August 2012. The Meadows Center inspires research, innovation and leadership that ensures clean, abundant water for the environment and all humanity, and is led by Executive Director Andrew Sansom, Ph.D.

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