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Stephens County Extension Feral Swine Workshop Announcement

Feral swine cause damage by “rooting”.  They are not picky on where they cause this type of damage: pastures, row crop fields, or even a homeowner’s back yard can fall victim to feral swine damage. The photo above is would be considered typical damage in a pasture.

Feral swine have become increasingly detrimental in Georgia, causing significant damage to agricultural crops and natural resources throughout the state. The economic impact of damage caused by feral swine in Georgia is estimated at over $150 million. Over the last couple years it seems that feral swine have really become quite the nuisance for farmers and landowners here in Stephens County. With that being said The Stephens County Extension Office will be holding a feral swine workshop on August 26th beginning at 5:00 PM at the Willard Kimsey Environmental Center (1630 Clary Connector Eastanollee, GA 30538). The program will feature two of the state’s top feral swine experts Dr. Mike Mengak of the University of Georgia and Matt Ondovchik of USDA Wildlife Services. Topics of the workshop will include: feral pig biology, regulations, control techniques, and an onsite trapping demonstration for participants. There is no cost to attend the workshop and dinner will be provided for all in attendance. We ask that you please register for the meeting by contacting the Stephens County Extension Office via email: uge1257@uga.edu or phone at (706)-779-5501. The deadline to register for the workshop is August 24th