The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Tarrant Regional Water District, or TRWD, will conduct a Wild Pig Management Workshop for landowners and the public from 8:15 a.m.-2 p.m. June 27 in Dawson.
The workshop will be at the cafeteria of Dawson High School, 199 N. School Ave., said Page Bishop, AgriLife Extension agent, Navarro County.
There is no charge to attend the workshop, though an optional catered luncheon will be provided for $10. On-site registration will begin at 8:15 a.m., but preregistration by June 21 is requested.
“Wild pigs cause an estimated $52 million in agricultural damages alone in Texas each year,” said Josh Helcel, AgriLife Extension associate with the Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute in College Station and a workshop presenter. “In addition to their damaging agricultural production, wild pigs contribute bacteria to our water systems, can transmit a number of diseases and negatively impact other native species and habitat.”
Workshop topics will include wild pig biology, impact and control techniques; water district watershed protection plan updates for the Richland-Chambers Watershed; and wild pig safety and disease concerns and transportation regulations. There will also be a demonstration of control techniques for wild pigs.
Other speakers will include Dr. Tommy Barton, Texas Animal Health Commission Region 7 director; Adam Henry, Texas Wildlife Services wildlife biologist; and Tina Hendon, watershed program manager for TRWD.
Three Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units — two general and one integrated pest management — will be available for private pesticide applicator licensees.
This event is provided through a Clean Water Act nonpoint source grant from the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.