Missouri Efforts to Control Feral Pigs Gains Traction

Groups takes aim at feral hogs on private and public lands the Show Me State.

Missouri Efforts to Control Feral Pigs Gains Traction

54,000 nuisance hogs have been removed from state and federal lands in Missouri since 2016. Photo: iStockphoto.com/xalanx

The Missouri Feral Hog Elimination Partnership is bucking a trend and seeing success in eliminating feral hogs from private and public lands — including U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' lands at Harry S. Truman, Pomme De Terre and Stockton lakes in southern Missouri.  

Established in 1998, the partnership, headed by the Missouri Department of Conservation, has united private landowners, universities and more than 15 federal and state agencies under the common goal of eliminating feral hogs from public and private lands throughout Missouri to protect public health, agriculture and natural resources. Achieved over time, the approach is multi-faceted and includes legislative actions and enforcement, education, control measures and population and disease monitoring. 

Since implementing hog hunting prohibitions on state (and elective federal) lands in 2016, the task force has removed 54,000 hogs (statewide). It also is seeing an overall downward trend in populations despite increasing acres surveyed — a measure of success in a long battle. The Corps explained the successes and procedures in a press release to help the public understand more about what’s happening with the issue. 

The Corps has aided in this goal by adopting hunting prohibitions on feral hog hunting activities on federal lands, promoting messaging, and working directly with MDC, USDA-Wildlife Services, and the University of Missouri partners to eliminate populations. As of fall 2021, feral hogs have been eliminated from Harry S. Truman, Pomme De Terre and Stockton Lake watersheds. Monitoring continues and efforts have progressed to sampling tributaries for feral hog DNA.


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