Hog contest brings demise of 12,632 in Texas

By: BETSY BLANEY, Associated Press
By: BETSY BLANEY, Associated Press

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - A competition aimed at curbing the feral hog problem in Texas has resulted in the demise of 12,632 of the animals that damage or destroy hundreds of millions of dollars in crops and ranchland every year.

The Texas Department of Agriculture said Thursday that Hardeman County on the Oklahoma border bagged the most animals in the Hog Out Challenge to win $20,000 to help with further abatement.

Four other counties will share the remainder of the $60,000 in awards.

Officials agreed to release the information to The Associated Press first.

This year's contest ran two months longer than the inaugural one-month program and resulted in the elimination of 8,773 more hogs. There were 3,859 kills in 2010.

An estimated 2.6 million hogs cause $550 million in damage annually.

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  • by Doc Location: Durant on Feb 24, 2012 at 11:25 AM
    If the majority of the 12,632 were killed in these top 5 counties then it would make a big difference, Mick. Your rocket science math doesn't consider all the variables.
  • by Mick on Feb 24, 2012 at 06:53 AM
    Hmmm, lets see. 12632 out of 2.6 million. Thats about 1/2% of the population. As fast as they breed, the ones killed have been replenished plus some.
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      by Jack on Feb 24, 2012 at 09:46 AM in reply to Mick
      Mick, what do you suggest? This can't hurt.
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        by Anonymous on Feb 24, 2012 at 11:09 AM in reply to Jack
        No, it can't hurt, but it is a waste of money. But, if things continue there may come a time when city folk are out beating the brush to find some meat. Consider them a stored emergency resource.
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          by Steve on Feb 24, 2012 at 12:07 PM in reply to
          Lots of city folk are beating the brush to run the hogs out of their yards.
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          by Maverick on Feb 27, 2012 at 07:57 AM in reply to
          Anyone out there remember "HOOVER HOGS"
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