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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Texas Department of Agriculture and Wild Hogs

Texas has the largest wild hog population in the U.S. with about 2.6 million roaming that state.  In response to the $500 million in annual damages to crops, fences, roads, and livestock caused by the hogs, the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) is providing grants to counties for wild hog abatement.  The funds can be used for education or programs that directly reduce hog number.  Each year, the five counties that can document the most wild hogs eliminated and/or the most participants at TDA- approved education programs focusing on wild hog abatement get grants ranging from $7,500 to $20,000.  Would this kind of grant program make sense for Michigan?

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