ASU Extension Program hosts Feral (Wild) Hog Trapping Workshop 

Over 50 people attended a Feral (Wild) Hog Trapping Workshop held recently at the Alcorn State University Extension and Research Complex.  The event was co-sponsored by the Alcorn State University Extension Program (ASUEP) and Natural Resource Conservation Service (NCRS).

This workshop provided landowners valuable information about a growing problem in our area.  Feral swine began to cause major problems to agriculture farmland, wildlife management areas, and most importantly rural homeowners.
 
Wesley Kerr, NRCS area conservationist, presented an overview of the purpose of the workshop; Jay Cumbee, disease biologist for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), spoke on feral swine concerns in Mississippi; Scott Alls, district supervisor presented “Trapping methods used to secure the wild hogs in a safe and efficient manner;” and Kailum Herrington of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks (MDWF&P) gave an overview on “MDWF&P Laws”.
 
A hands-on demonstration on how to trap hogs was given following the workshop.
 
President M. Christopher Brown II, Dr. Samuel White, executive vice president and provost, and several Alcorn faculty, staff and students were in attendance.
 
“We want to thank the partnership between Alcorn State University Extension and USDA agencies (Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and the Natural Resource Conservation Service) for a conservation effort to inform and educate land users about the facts concerning the feral or the wild hogs in Mississippi, particularly in southwest Mississippi,” Kerr said.   “In addition, I want to commend ASU president Dr. M. Christopher Brown II for his insight and willingness to be a part of this important workshop.”
 
For more details, contact Rondall Hawkins, animal science specialist, at 601.877.6558 or rhawkins@alcorn.edu.