2013-05-16 / Front Page

Meeting to educate landowners on wild hog control set May 16

The Wilkes County Cattlemen’s Association is hosting a public meeting to educate landowners on methods of wild hog control at the McGill-Woodruff Ag Center at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 16.

“Wild hogs, feral hogs, are a big problem for landowners all over Wilkes County,” Wilkes County Extension Coordinator Frank Watson said. For that reason, he said, the cattlemen have opened the meeting to everyone concerned over the feral hog population in Wilkes County. “You do not have to be a member of the Cattlemen’s Association to attend this meeting.”

During the meeting, Watson said, experts will try to cover all aspects of feral hog control whether the question is related to biology or law. I. B. Parnell, Senior DNR Wildlife Biologist, will cover trapping and other means of control. Mark Patterson, Conservation Ranger (Game Warden), will cover the legal aspects, encouraging landowners to practice feral hog control only through practices that are legal.

A meal will be provided. Preregistration is required by calling the Wilkes County Extension Office at 706-678-2332 by noon on Wednesday, May 15. Those attending the meeting are asked to make a $5 contribution to the Wilkes County Cattlemen’s Association.

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