Area farmers, hunters and landowners are invited to attend a feral swine workshop and trapping demonstration Nov. 13 at the Bulloch County Center for Agriculture on Langston Chapel Road.
Also known as wild pigs or hogs, the presence of the animals is a growing problem in Georgia, where herds of the elusive hogs can devastate crops, affect native plants and spread diseases.
Pre-registration by Nov. 10 for the workshop is required. Participants will sign in at 8:30 a.m. on site Nov. 13, the day of the event, and the educational workshop will be held from 9 a.m. until noon.
Topics include disease issues, biology and economics, control techniques, transport issues, regulations. There will also be a trapping demonstration and a question and answer session to follow.
Speakers for the event will be Dr. Mike Mengak (University of Georgia), Matt Ondovchik (U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services), Dr. Charlie Killmaster (Georgia Department of Natural Resources) and Dr. Robert Cobb (Georgia Department of Agriculture).
According to Georgia DNR spokesperson Melissa Cummings, “Feral swine have become increasingly detrimental in Georgia, causing significant damage to agricultural crops and natural resources throughout the state.”
The economic impact of damage caused by feral swine in Georgia last year is estimated at $150 million, she said.
The workshop, one of five across the state,, is the result of a partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA Wildlife Services, Georgia Association of Conservation Districts, Georgia Division, Georgia Department of Agriculture, University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources, and Georgia Farm Bureau.
The workshop is free to the public. To pre-register, access Internet website www.gooutdoorsgeorgia.com and click on “events.” For more information or answers to questions, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.