Feral hog management workshop coming to Marion on Tuesday

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  • Submitted photo UPSO deputy Peyton McKinnie (right) shows some hogs he trapped on his property. Feral hogs are a menace to landowners, causing millions of dollars in damages.
    Submitted photo UPSO deputy Peyton McKinnie (right) shows some hogs he trapped on his property. Feral hogs are a menace to landowners, causing millions of dollars in damages.
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A free Feral Hog Management Workshop, is set for February 18, at the Fire Station in Marion, to help landowners address the growing feral hog problem. This workshop is hosted by The Town of Marion, the Union Parish Police Jury, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Trailblazer Resource Conservation & Development.

Each year, exploding populations of feral hogs in Louisiana account for millions of dollars in damage to crops, pasture, fences, roads, timberland, and even urban areas. Their rooting damages the natural environments of native vegetation and animals and causes an increaseinsoilerosion, non-native plants, and decreases water quality. In addition, feral hogs carry a multitude of diseases that can affect humans and wildlife including Swine Brucellosis, Pseudorabies, and Leptospira.

Featured speakers at the February 18 workshop will be a representative of Hogg Boss Traps. Discussions will include feral hog impacts to the environment and wildlife, control techniques to manage feral hog populations, local feral hog control efforts, feral hog resources, and also there will be a brief presentation on USDA conservation assistance available to landowners.

Staff and Partners will arrive at 4:30 with snacks for meeting participants; The workshop begins at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 18th, and concludes at 7:30 p.m. To pre-register or for more information on the workshop, call Trailblazer RC&D at (318) 368-8021 and leave your name and contact information plus the name of the workshop, email ceo@trailblazer.org, or call (318) 243-9194.

Workshop partners and sponsors include ENABLE Midstream Partners; Mudd & Holland Consulting Foresters, LLC; Burnham Construction; Canfor Southern Pine; Whitetails Unlimited; Union Parish Police Jury; USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service; the LSU-Ag-Center and Trailblazer RC&D.

Trailblazer RC&D is a nonprofit organization that provides leadership, coordination, partnership development, and technical assistance projects to encourage strong communities, sustainable agriculture, and a health environment.