USDA National Wildlife Research Center Symposia


Date of this Version

August 2007


Published in: Witmer, G. W., W. C. Pitt, and K. A. Fagerstone, editors. 2007. Managing vertebrate invasive species: proceedings of an international symposium. USDA/APHIS Wildlife Services, National Wildlife Research Center, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA. Also available online at


Texas Wildlife Services (WS) personnel conduct feral hog damage management projects to protect a variety of resources in Texas. For the past 12 years, WS personnel have conducted feral hog (Sus scrofa) damage management projects on an 11,000 acre wildlife management area (WMA) and surrounding farmlands located in central Texas. The WMA is managed by the United States (US) Army Corp of Engineers and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Surrounding areas are farmlands and the primary crops grown there are corn and grain sorghum. Feral hogs have damaged area grain crops and the US Army Corp of Engineers property. Annual projects have been conducted to reduce feral hog damage to crops and property. WS personnel have used an assortment of methods and strategies in a management plan to reduce feral hog damage in the area. This paper is a review of those methods, strategies, and the plan.