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Meeting set to help landowners control wild hog population.

In some parts of Georgia, wild hogs are rooting their ways across farmland, leaving crop and field destruction in their path. To educate the public on the problem, the Wilkes County Cattlemen’s Association has set a public meeting for May 16 at 7 p.m. at the McGill-Woodruff Ag Center in Washington, Ga.

The meeting is free and open to the public.

“Wild hogs are a growing problem for many landowners in our area,” said Frank Watson, a county agent with Wilkes County Cooperative Extension. “While some may consider this as an opportunity for free meat, most are extremely concerned by the damage they cause.”

I. B. Parnell, a senior wildlife biologist with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, will be at the meeting to discuss trapping and other means of controlling feral hogs. Conservation ranger Mark Patterson will cover the legal aspects to ensure landowners control feral hogs through allowed practices.

The meeting will include a complimentary meal. Preregister by calling the Wilkes County Extension Office at (706) 678-2332 by noon on Wednesday, May 15. Those attending the meeting are asked to make a $5 contribution to the Wilkes County Cattlemen’s Association.

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