Extension Service Hosts Wild Hog Workshop

Meridian, Miss. Sixty landowners from Mississippi and Alabama attended a workshop on how to deal with wild hogs, which have become a destructive force.

They learned some management techniques to try and rid their properties of the problem.

Twenty years ago, wild hogs occupied only 3 percent of the land in Mississippi and that number has risen to about 40 percent today.

Hunting alone cannot manage the population. Experts say trapping is the most effective method of catching wild hogs.

"One of the things we also recommend to do during the trapping process is to monitor the trap with a game camera," said Bill Hamrick of the MSU Extension Service. "That lets you know if the hogs are all coming in and out of the trap. It really gives you the best idea of when to set the trap."

On a national scale, an estimated $1.5 billion of damage can be blamed on wild hogs.

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