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Program launching in Hays County to control feral hog population

Feral hogs impact water quality in creeks and rivers and can cause financial loss to agricultural production. A new program launched in Hays County aims to control the population.

HAYS COUNTY, Texas — As feral hogs continue to pose a threat to Texas land owners and the environment, Hays County has announced they are launching a new program to help reduce the population.

Texas is home to an estimated 3 million feral hogs, according to the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment -- a center at Texas State University that focuses on "research, innovation and leadership that ensures clean, abundant water for the environment and all humanity." Feral hogs impact water quality in creeks and rivers and can cause financial loss to agricultural production.

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The new program announced by the Meadows Center on July 23 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 bounty program will be held on Wednesdays from July 25 through Aug. 22. All tails and forms must be submitted by Aug. 22 at the Hays County AgriLife Extension office located at 220 Stillwater Drive. Tails and forms must be submitted on Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tails 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 workshop will be held Aug. 15 at the Dunbar Recreation Center located at 801 West MLK St. in San Marcos from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30p.m. You can find workshop details here.

If you have questions you can email the Meadows Center at feralhog@txstate.edu or call 512-245-6697.

The program is a partnership between the Meadows Center, the Cypress Creek Project, the San Marcos Watershed Initiative, the Plum Creek Watershed Partnership, Caldwell County and Guadalupe County.