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Multi-County seminar will focus on feral hogs

LULING – Texas Cooperative Extension will be one of the sponsors of a multi-county seminar on feral hogs to be held Feb. 20 in Luling. The seminar will be from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at the Luling Civic Center, 333 East Austin Street.

Topics will include feral hog biology, landowner attitudes about feral hogs, feral hogs and water quality, laws and regulations concerning feral hogs, and feral hog control.

"Landowners who attend the seminar will learn a lot about how to better manage their feral hog population," said Rachel Bauer, Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources for Caldwell County. "While it's difficult for landowners to completely control feral hogs, we can show them how to lessen the amount of damage they can cause."

Extension offices in Caldwell, Hays, Gonzales and Guadalupe counties are among the seminar sponsors, Bauer said. Additional sponsors are the Texas Animal Health Commission, Texas Department of Agriculture, Texas Parks and Wildlife, and Wildlife Management Services. Attendees will receive five hours of pesticide applicator continuing education credits: one in laws and regulations, two in integrated pest management and two in the general category.

The cost for the seminar is $20 per person by Feb. 16 and $25 per person at the door. The fee includes handouts lunch and snacks.

Individuals with disabilities who plan to attend and may need additional aids, services or accommodations should contact the Extension office in Caldwell County at 512-398-3122 or in Hays County at 512-393-2120 at least five days prior to the event.

Checks should be made payable to the Caldwell Demonstration Fund and sent to: Caldwell County Extension Office, 1400 B FM 20 East, Lockhart, TX 78644.

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