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TDA reveals grant to reduce population of feral hogs

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SMITH COUNTY (KYTX) - Texas has the largest feral hog population in the United States. Each year, millions of dollars are lost from what the animals destroy and damage.

The Texas government is doing something to help landowners reduce the number of feral hogs.

The Texas Department of Agriculture introduced Tuesday the County Abatement Matching Program (CHAMP) Grant. The state will match county funding dollar for dollar as those counties partner with businesses and landowners to reduce their feral hog problem.  
The feral hog population is 2.6 million in Texas along. They cause over $500 million in damage to Texas urban and rural areas.

"I've seen them all around us, I've seen em down the road I've seen them on the property I've seen them all over the place," said Glenn Huff. He owns European automotive repair shop. His shop is on a large property in Smith County. Feral hogs have been tearing up his land for years looking for food.

Huff took CBS 19's Katiera Winfrey on a tour of the property on a four wheeler pointing out the damaged areas.

"Right here is real rough, this is where they really tore it up here," he said.

The grant is meant to help people like Huff. Counties can apply for up to $30,000 but must match that number as they team up with businesses and landowners like Huff to stop the problem.

The money will have to be used solely to reduce the Hog population.

Chad Gully is with Tyler AgriLife. He said there are many ways to get rid of the pigs or try to keep them at bay.
"Farmers and ranchers have used snares, traps, electric fences, tall fences to keep the hogs out."   

With the grants, the TDA hopes to make the Texas sized feral hog problem a lot smaller.

"They're getting so many and so populated it's not uncommon to drive some of these roads at night and a hog runs out in front of you," said Gully.

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 July 1.

Click here to find the application.


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