Texas has the largest feral hog population in the U.S.. Millions of dollars are lost from what the animals destroy and damage each year. Now the Texas government is doing something to help landowners reduce the number of feral hogs.
The feral hog population is 2.6 million in Texas and the hogs have caused over $500 million in damage to Texas urban and rural areas.
Counties can now apply for up to $30,000 in grants but must match that number as they team up with businesses and landowners to stop the problem. And the money must be used to reduce the hog population.
There are many ways to get rid of the hogs such as snares, traps, electric fences, and tall fences. And with the grants, there is hope to make the feral hog problem smaller.
Counties don't just apply on their own, they have to partner with another count, business, landowner, or association when they submit their application to be considered. Applicants will go through an extensive evaluation process. Those that are selected will be announced in August.
The deadline to apply for the grant is on July 1, 2013.