Little Rock, Arkansas – 27,803 feral hogs have been removed from the state of Arkansas since January 2020 by members of the Arkansas Feral Hog Eradication Task Force, The Arkansas Department of Agriculture is pleased to report.
In order to create a plan for the eradication of feral hogs in Arkansas, The Feral Hog Eradication Task Force was initially created by the Arkansas Legislature during the 2017 general session. The Task Force is made up of 21 federal and state agencies and non-government organizations.
The feral hog removal efforts over the past two years have assisted more than 650 individual private landowners and public properties across the state of Arkansas, including within the Buffalo River Watershed.
In order to raise awareness of the damages caused by feral hogs and available resources to assist with removal, members of the Task Force have also hosted eight landowner workshops.
“The feral hog removals by the Task Force members reflect the continued collaboration and commitment of our county, state, and federal partners to address and minimize damages associated with feral hogs across the state,” said J.P. Fairhead, Feral Hog Eradication Program Coordinator. “The removals and the feedback received from landowners indicate that the efforts of Task Force members and landowners have led to population and damage reduction in areas where our county, state, and federal resources are allocated.”
Feral hogs are an invasive species that are especially destructive to agricultural crops, native wildlife, and young domestic livestock.
They are found in 39 states and may carry at least 45 bacteria, diseases, and parasites, including Pseudorabies and Brucellosis.
Nationally, feral hogs are estimated to cause more than $2 billion in damages each year.
In Arkansas, the latest survey by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimated that feral swine cause at least $41 million in agricultural damages every year, including $34 million in damages to soybeans, corn, cotton, wheat, hay, pecans, and rice, and $7.3 million in damages to livestock.
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