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Harrison County soon to employ use of new wild hog traps

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Published: Jan. 4, 2022 at 12:40 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 4, 2022 at 7:05 PM CST
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HARRISON COUNTY, Texas (KLTV) - The Harrison County Commissioners voted to approve the Wild Pig Abatement Program for Harrison County residents. That includes training on how to set up traps that will be available for residents’ use.

Harrison Ag Agent Matt Garrett, just like many who live in the county, has problems with wild hogs tearing up his property.

“Pretty much just about a regular occurrence at this point,” Garrett said.

Harrison County has acquired a $17,000 grant from Texas Wildlife Services, which will be used to purchase three portable traps. The county is testing one now.

“It’s kind of a corral built on the theory of a fish trap, where fish could go in but they can’t swim out,” Garrett said.

When it’s put up, it looks like a screen you sometimes see around trampolines.

“You have a strap, and you drive a center stake, and that strap determines where you put the posts in the ground. And then you anchor those posts to the ground with some ground anchors and some cable,” Garrett said.

But before setting the trap, Garrett says the hogs need to learn there’s food there regularly.

“You’ve got to make sure the hogs are coming without disturbing them with any kind of post, or any type of structure,” Garrett said.

And when a game camera shows they are regular diners:

“You put the net up and you keep it suspended about two feet off the ground. And you’ll have game camera evidence when they’re going in and out, getting used to that net. And you gradually lower it until it’s all the way to the ground,” Garrett said.

Garrett says the hogs get used to the net, can’t resist the food, and nose their way into the pen, but if secured properly, they can’t get out. They are corralled. But:

“The T-posts and the ground stakes will have to be replaced every time the trap’s moved.

It is reusable, but users will have to offset the cost of new parts with a usage fee.

When testing is complete and all three traps have been purchased, the Harrison County Ag Extension Office will be offering classes on how to use them. Give them a call if you’d like to know more.

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