Military strategists tell us the success of prosecuting any successful plan against the enemy begins with gathering intelligence. It stands to reason then that when it comes to managing and controlling the estimated 2.6 million feral swine in Texas, officials need to collect more information.
That’s where Jared Timmons and Mark Tyson come in. The two Texas AgriLife Extension associates have been assigned with the monumental task of collecting data about the growing feral swine problem in Texas in an effort to provide landowners and state and Extension personnel the latest intelligence on where efforts are critically needed the most.
Timmons has been documenting feral hog activity in the Plum Creek area of Hayes and Caldwell counties over the last two years, operating an online pilot program that collects landowner reports for Texas AgriLife officials. The pilot program served as the platform for the launch of a new expanded online reporting system now available to landowners across the state.
“We need input from landowners and the general public to identify feral hog activities in general and where the greatest concentrations of these activities are occurring,” Timmons says. “We are interested in both public input of hog sightings and reports from landowners that help document control efforts and feral hog damage.”