The Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation, a national conservation organization based in Buffalo, will sponsor an update meeting for all concerned landowners, sportsman and residents about the updated status and location of the feral hog threat in Missouri.
It will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, at Grace Community United Methodist Church on South Ash Street in Buffalo.
“Feral hogs are a huge threat to our state and especially our landowners. Dallas County is a hot zone of potential spread,” Craig Alderman of QUWF said. “We invite all local landowners, interested sportsman and citizens to attend the meeting on May 7.”
Members of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Missouri Department of Conservation will present a 30-minute PowerPoint about the feral hog elimination efforts, update the numbers and show the areas of spread. A group of feral hogs, called a sounder, can destroy up to 25 acres of crop land in one night, carry extensive parasites and disease, and if shot at, spread quickly to many neighboring lands to form many new sounders. They breed prolifically.
QUWF biologists will be present with the local QUWF Ozark Highlands chapter providing a handout for all attendees about the history, current status and problems facing landowners with feral hogs.
Further complicating eradication has been the unethical and illegal release of hogs on federal lands in Missouri to promote “guided dog hog hunts.” These illegal “hogdoggers,” as they are called, are dramatically hurting agricultural acres in surrounding communities, and everyone is asked to report this activity. They are so bold as to trespass on private lands to open traps and release hogs back into the environment.
QUWF will announce more public seminars about matters affecting local landowners, wildlife, clean streams and fisheries, such as CWD (chronic wasting disease in deer).
“Please join us and make your voice heard for the protection of our agriculture, wildlife and lifestyle,” Alderman said. “We will show you the science and facts so you know the right information.”
The seminar is free, and cookies and coffee will be served. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (417) 345-5960 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.