Farmers and officials meet to discuss feral hog problem - KSWO 7News | Breaking News, Weather and Sports

Farmers and officials meet to discuss feral hog problem

(Source KSWO) (Source KSWO)
(Source KSWO) (Source KSWO)
(Source KSWO) (Source KSWO)

LAWTON, Ok (RNN Texoma) -On Wednesday morning state and federal groups held a meeting for farmers and ranchers in several counties about how to deal with the growing problem of feral hogs, and the impact they have on crops and livestock.

It was a packed house this morning and on top of gaining valuable information from experts. Farmers also learned about how much a hog can eat everyday, to their strong sense of smell and ways to properly get rid the carcass. To top things off they even got a live demonstrations of how to trap hogs. One farmer said  he couldn't even grow hay because these animals, but after today's meeting he has a different mindset.

Josh Gaskamp is a Wildlife Range and Consultant from the Noble Research Center. He said there are close to a million feral hogs in the state of Oklahoma.
They are one of the smartest animals in North America who can produce at a high rate and cause several problems for farmers.

"They cause about 1.5 billion dollars in agriculture damage in the U.S. ever years," Gaskamp said.

Danny Marlett is a farmer in Cotton County and knows first hand how destructive the hogs can be. From March until September of last year he caught close to 100 hogs.

"I have a small hay patch that I do for my cattle and last year I wasn't able to hay at all because I really didn't want to invite someone in to do my valley and tear up their equipment. It's pretty bad the ruts they made and the damage to the grounds," Marlett said.

Marlett said he's used small box trap to catch the hogs and while the process is slow, he said it's still tough to control the population in the area. He along with other farmers at today's meeting learned about the different ways to use a corral and box trap or drop net to catch the animals. 

Gaskamp believes the Boar Buster is the most effective method. It's a suspension trap that allows use to use your smart phone to activate the doors to close, trapping the hogs inside. The devices are just shy of $6,000 dollars, but Gaskamp is hoping farmers will work together to stop the problem.

"One farmer is not going to control all the pigs in this area For example if I have 100 acres and I control 100 percent of the hogs in that 100 acres and my neighbors do nothing we've collectively done nothing," Gaskamp said.

"I'm going to try and coordinate with my neighbors a little more and maybe even try to coop possibly this boar buster type trap that the Noble Foundation developed, so we are going to consider that and see if we can control the hogs a little better," Marlett said.

A speaker from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation said feral hogs can adjust and live anywhere and eat just about anything including other livestock and plants. On top of that they bring diseases that can threaten wildlife.

Copyright 2018 RNN Texoma. All Rights Reserved.

  • Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Amid investigations and tensions, Trump-Putin going 1-on-1

    Amid investigations and tensions, Trump-Putin going 1-on-1

    Monday, July 16 2018 12:15 AM EDT2018-07-16 04:15:15 GMT
    Monday, July 16 2018 6:33 AM EDT2018-07-16 10:33:49 GMT
    (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais). U.S. President Donald Trump arrives at the airport in Helsinki, Finland, Sunday, July 15, 2018 on the eve of his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais). U.S. President Donald Trump arrives at the airport in Helsinki, Finland, Sunday, July 15, 2018 on the eve of his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    Monday's meeting was condemned in advance by an assortment of members of Congress from both parties after the U.S. indictment last week of 12 Russian military intelligence officers accused of hacking Democrats in the 2016 election to help Trump's presidential campaign.

    Monday's meeting was condemned in advance by an assortment of members of Congress from both parties after the U.S. indictment last week of 12 Russian military intelligence officers accused of hacking Democrats in the 2016 election to help Trump's presidential campaign.

  • Deadly fire shuts down key route to Yosemite National Park

    Deadly fire shuts down key route to Yosemite National Park

    Sunday, July 15 2018 2:04 PM EDT2018-07-15 18:04:23 GMT
    Monday, July 16 2018 6:33 AM EDT2018-07-16 10:33:03 GMT
    (Andrew Kuhn /The Merced Sun-Star via AP). Crews battle the Ferguson Fire along steep terrain behind the Redbud Lodge along Highway 140 near El Portal in Mariposa County, Calif., on Saturday, July 14, 2018.(Andrew Kuhn /The Merced Sun-Star via AP). Crews battle the Ferguson Fire along steep terrain behind the Redbud Lodge along Highway 140 near El Portal in Mariposa County, Calif., on Saturday, July 14, 2018.

    A wildfire that killed a California firefighter has grown quickly and forced the closure of a key route into Yosemite National Park.

    A wildfire that killed a California firefighter has grown quickly and forced the closure of a key route into Yosemite National Park.

  • New Mexico passenger bus crash kills 3, injures 24 others

    New Mexico passenger bus crash kills 3, injures 24 others

    Sunday, July 15 2018 12:40 PM EDT2018-07-15 16:40:07 GMT
    Monday, July 16 2018 6:06 AM EDT2018-07-16 10:06:41 GMT
    Authorities say a crash involving a passenger bus and three other vehicles on a highway in New Mexico has killed three people and sent 22 others to the hospital. (Source: CNN)Authorities say a crash involving a passenger bus and three other vehicles on a highway in New Mexico has killed three people and sent 22 others to the hospital. (Source: CNN)

    Authorities say a crash involving a passenger bus and three other vehicles on a highway in New Mexico has killed three people and sent 22 others to the hospital.

    Authorities say a crash involving a passenger bus and three other vehicles on a highway in New Mexico has killed three people and sent 22 others to the hospital.

Powered by Frankly