Battling Texas' feral hog population - KSWO, Lawton, OK- Wichita Falls, TX: News, Weather, Sports. ABC, 24/7, Telemundo -

Battling Texas' feral hog population

Posted: Updated:

Amarillo, Texas - Texas has the largest population nationwide. Not of people, but feral hogs.

They may look cute, but the fast growing population of feral hogs are aggressive and destructive. Hundred of millions of dollars in damage is done yearly by these animals.

The Texas Department of Agriculture has started the County Hog Abatement Matching Program where counties are urged to team up and apply for up to $30,000 in grants to help control the hog population.

According to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, every Texas county except for El Paso has documented feral hogs. Grant money can be used to fund various methods to eradicate these animals.

"An average of only about 24 percent of the population can be taken out by hunting. Around 60 to 70 percent of the population would have to be taken out every year just to hold the population steady," Ken Cearly, Wildlife Specialist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service says.

Cearly says feral hogs reproduce at one of the fastest rates. An effective way of taking them out is through helicopter gunning. Oklahoma, which also has a hog problem, recently made it legal to shoot hogs from an aircraft.

Texas counties must apply for the grants by July 1st.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Oklahoma-based Sonic plans expansion over 10 years

    Oklahoma-based Sonic plans expansion over 10 years

    Friday, April 18 2014 12:59 PM EDT2014-04-18 16:59:35 GMT
    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Oklahoma-based Sonic Corp. says it plans to open 1,000 new drive-in restaurants over the next 10 years, expanding the chain by about 30 percent. Sonic now has about 3,500 drive-ins
    Oklahoma-based Sonic Corp. says it plans to open 1,000 new drive-in restaurants over the next 10 years, expanding the chain by about 30 percent.
  • Oklahoma unemployment rate hits 5-year low

    Oklahoma unemployment rate hits 5-year low

    Friday, April 18 2014 12:18 PM EDT2014-04-18 16:18:17 GMT
    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Oklahoma's unemployment rate has fallen to a five-year low, dropping below 5 percent for the first time since 2008. The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission reported Friday that
    Oklahoma's unemployment rate has fallen to a five-year low, dropping below 5 percent for the first time since 2008.
  • UPDATE: Man dead following west Lawton shooting

    UPDATE: Man dead following west Lawton shooting

    Friday, April 18 2014 10:36 AM EDT2014-04-18 14:36:18 GMT
    Lawton- Breaking news happening at this hour, Lawton police tell us they're investigating a shooting right now on the city's west side. Officers have been at 78th and Northwest Welco since around 2:30
    Lawton police tell us they're investigating a deadly shooting Friday morning on the city's west side.
Powered by WorldNow
KSWO-TV, 1401 SE 60th Street
Lawton, OK 73501

Telephone: (580) 355-7000
Fax: (580) 357-3811
Email: news@kswo.com

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KSWO. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.