Missouri hunters remove more than 9,800 feral hogs

Missouri Hunters Remove More Than 9800 Feral Hogs
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Feral Hog Elimination Partnership says more than 54,000 feral hogs were eliminated off private and public lands since 2016.

In 2021, the partnership scouted more than 3 million acres of land and assisted 1,308 landowners with hog problems.

The top counties where feral hogs were removed include Iron County with 1,940 hogs, Wayne County with 1,329 hogs, and Reynolds with 1,268 hogs. This year’s total was over 9,800 state-wide.

The Hog Elimination Partnership is made up of 13 federal and state agencies along with numerous agriculture and conservations organizations.

“I’m really proud of the progress that the Partnership trappers have made,” said the Partnership Incident Commander Jason Jensen. “In 2021, we covered over double the number of acres and worked with double the number of landowners. Despite the increased effort and efficiency, the number of hogs removed was down by nearly 3,000 hogs. We anticipated we’d get to this point but not necessarily this quick. This is a positive indicator of the progress being made and a declining hog population. ”

The Partnership plans to continue to work with landowners who need help with feral hog problems. They also aim to expand the use of aerial resources such as helicopters and drones.